it would be great to use a friendly gui zip/unzip (just tar.gz is fine, gz plus bz even better, and if it actually includes zip, that's great) program like file-roller. obviously file-roller itself is a bit much (gnome? xfce?) and emelfm is no good because i want to use it to remove individual files (edit tar.gz files...) and emelfm only ungzips them.
but i don't need a .tce (i wouldn't mind.) as usual i'd love to know something along the lines of what i'm mentioning that "just compiles" without crazy hacks. svensko just compiled mad-wifi and using the linux headers, and from the looks of his post it just took make, sudo make install. i wish there were more projects like that. probably because it's not a gui, or using ncurses, eh? so much fuss just for good old ansi escape routines. i'll keep looking, maybe i'll try to compile the gnu tar util.