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Mar. 30th, 2009 07:55 pm This should have been obvious to a software engineer

Just now, I downloaded two files: the source code "tarball" for a package and the windows binary installer. The download time for the compressed source code was much less than the download time for the windows install.

On the other hand, I wouldn't be surprised if the windows version ends up installed faster, since I'm having to compile for Linux which takes time.

Aside, when did "tarball" start referring to any tar archive. I first encountered it only in reference to the now rarely seen self extracting variety?

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Date:March 31st, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
I've NEVER seen "tarball" used to describe a self-extracting archive. I only see it in conjunction with .tar, .tar.gz, or .tgz (for windows bastardized files)

Webopedia says mid-90s for "common use" of the word.