I think tar.xz is the best option to the distribution of blender 2.8 for GNU/Linux 64.
In my machine:
148M –> blender-2.80-d40bffa17f6-linux-glibc224-x86_64.tar.gz
135M –> blender-2.80-d40bffa17f6-linux-glibc224-x86_64.tar.bz2
97M –> blender-2.80-d40bffa17f6-linux-glibc224-x86_64.tar.xz
UNZIP TIME IN MY MACHINE
tar.gz –> 0m15,333s
tar.bz2 –> 1m2,145s
tar.xz –> 0m19,064s
ZIP TIME IN MY MACHINE
tar.gz –> 0m47,065s
tar.bz2 –> 2m2,740s
tar.xz –> 9m5,177s
I think that for the user and blender project it is better to go tar.xz.
Ok. The test is in my machine. But i think that 97M of size and a no bad time to unzip is really important.
Can u test it in you machine?
Reduced download time Win both blender and the user wins.
it takes more time to package a release.
As you see?