Given that there is sufficient archive-wide support for zstd, Ubuntu is switching to zstd compressed packages in Ubuntu 21.10, the current development release. Please welcome hello/2.10-2ubuntu3, the first zstd-compressed Ubuntu package that will be followed by many other built with dpkg (>= 1.20.9ubuntu2), and enjoy the speed!
Sometimes, it’s the obscure changes that can have a big impact. This change will speed up the installation of .deb packages.
zstd, one of the few good things to come out of Facebook…
What problem is this supposed to solve? Just saving a little package installation time at the expense of increased storage and bandwidth use for all users and hosts? The vast majority of users must be installing packages far more often and in quantities than I ever imagined for this to make sense. It’s too bad we don’t have faster computers that can handle the monumental task of decompressing packages, and faster ram and storage bus speeds to they aren’t bogging down the process.