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Switched to XZ Tarball Compression

As XZ compression has gained more popularity for its high compression ratio without much sacrifice on decompression time, we have reached a concensus to switch future tarball releases from *.tar.gz to *.tar.xz

On GNU/Linux or Cygwin/MinGW, you can extract it with GNU tar like this:

$  tar xJf tarball.tar.xz

On Windows, the free/open source 7-zip utility can be used to extract it:

$  7z e -so tarball.tar.xz | 7z x -si -ttar

Alternatively, with 7-zip GUI, you can first extract the tarball.tar from the archive, and then extract all the contents from the resulting tarball.tar.