Just moved from Ubuntu to Fedora 31.
In the app installation phase, I’ve noticed that sometimes downloading tar from some of the app websites (like JetBrains WebStorm or Intellij), is much lighter than installing from the Software manager (0.4 vs 2.0 gb in the WebStorm case).
As I’m fairly new to linux, I have some questions:
Is the package from the software manager really that much bigger? What are ‘Installed size’ and ‘Download size’ and why are they so different?
Where should I extract such tar files? Is there best practice to that? I don’t believe it’s the /home/user/Downloads directory.
To add to this, please also note that when installing using the package manager, it also downloads all the other software that is required to run the selected application, i.e., its dependencies. So, the download is generally composed of multiple packages.