It's extra server space, extra bandwidth and if you really feel like just extracting the files, it shouldn't be too hard to do that.
Really? So the unpacked version, that Galaxy downloads, doesn't need any extra space? Beside, compressed tarballs usually take less space then zip files.
Are they uncompressed? Also, that's Windows.
I'm not really sure I see a problem here.
I know. Zip and unzip usually arent't part of the installation media. They have to be installed. In contrary tar is - and even if you have some obscure version without gzip support - guess what, gzip is also another standard tool. And don't forget: there are more OS's than Windows, MacOSX and Linux.
I didn't realize that they were using regular zip rather than gzip. If you look at the script, it's pretty strongly implied that they're using tar.
OTOH, it would be kind of nice if they handled it like AMD does. Have a script that can generate the appropriate package, but I have no idea how much work that is.
Seriously? AMD's script is an incredible mess. Just have a look at it's code. It barely works on supported distributions.
Yes, seriously. I've never had any problems with it other than trying to remember which package I want it to build.
In fact, the only problems I've had with their drivers are the drivers themselves. Being able to remove them via the same software that I use to manage other bits of software is actually kind of nice.