Originally Posted by zectersys
Maybe coz i'm too long in the windows world where everything have to pay for. I'm just entering linux world recently after tired fighting the virus that have grown madly this day(eventhough I have update my AV database EVERY DAY!) and I'm sick to pay s/w that offer so little usefullness with so much $ to invest. I use rar files to backup my data coz it's offer better compression compare with zip file. And yes like other windows user I've been used to have GUI work for me. Clik here and there... "voilla" everything was set up correctly and you would understand that I don't use to have cli in my work. It's just a habit.
I understand that, I wasn't born with a linux floppy behind my arm either. I've used many OSes before I used Linux, and I started using rar back in the DOS days.
So it's not new stuff to me. I've used many compressors before I used rar, and I have used lots more after that. You just need to "correct" the "bad habits" hehe.
I don't pretend to evangelize anyone, I really don't care what formats do you use. But if you use open formats then you will not be depending on the next release of a closed source product, like in Windows.
If tomorrow rar changes -yet once more- you will have to wait until the tools are updated to support the new format (that considering that they don't drop the support from the linux versions, which is always a possibility and sometimes it happens). If you use open formats that will never happen because everyone can program a tool to do the task easily without having to reverse engineer every single idiotic piece of the software.
If you care about compression ratio use 7z.
About GUIs, I can't make a valid suggestion, it's been long since I used a graphical archiver, years.