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what is bzr?

After something like 20year using Linux, I am periodically surprised to find yet another archive/download  storage format and procedure. I am trying to install libmemcached on Slackware 14.1. I've downloaded libmemcached-1.0.18 from https://code.launchpad.net. The README.FIRST file says
To obtain code from http://bazaar.launchpad.net/libmemcached you will need to
issue the following command:

bzr branch lp:libmemcached

Once the tree is cloned you will need to build the "configure" script. You
can do this by running the script:

./bootstrap.sh autoreconf

It will set up all of the files you need to build libmemcached. At that
point it is just the typical "./configure; make; make test; make install"

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My distro does not have bzr. I think I can download it from https://wiki.linuxfoundation.org/en/Bazaar, and will do so while awaiting replies, but what is this and why? In the shown command `bzr branch lp:libmemcached` is "branch" a litteral keyword or a placeholder for a branch/revision number?
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Aw ok.    Try downloading from:

http://freecode.com/projects/libmemcached

1.0.18 as a tar.gz .  Can build how you normally would.
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