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JRE/JDK download size?

Posted by gfx on September 13, 2005 at 7:39 PM PDT

Every now and then we see a new blog/thread/article about JRE/JDK download size. Well, I just downloaded .NET 2.0 beta 2 and here are the file sizes:

  • Runtime: 23 MB installer
  • SDK: 324 MB installer (!)

Amusingly you need to install the runtime to install the SDK. That is a 347 MB installer to have a command line based framework plus its documentation. And I installed all of this to try Monad beta 2, a new Windows shell.

So sure the JDK could be smaller, Mustang b48 is 50 MB large, but at least it contains the runtime environment...

P.S: The install of the .NET SDK just failed because 1 GB of free disk space doesn't seem to be enough ^^

P.P.S: I installed and tried Monad. It rocks but it has serious problems, the most important being it takes 36 MB of RAM. For a command line shell. With no color. And the startup is slow. Even Cygwin performs better. That said it rocks so much I already dropped my old cmd.exe.