[Mono-list] Portable Mono/private bundle version

Benjamin Podszun ben at galactic-tales.de
Wed Sep 3 12:38:38 EDT 2008

On Wed, 3 Sep 2008 12:26:31 -0400, "Chris Howie" <cdhowie at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 2, 2008 at 11:22 PM, codetale <codetale at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I want to know:
>> 1. bin and lib (mono runtime) are quite large in size (about 160mb), is
> it
>> possible to reduce it size by removing some some files, I just have to
> make
>> it possible to run pure .Net 2.0 application, others version are not
>> consider.
>> If it possible to, please note me which are save to remove.
> As an independent software developer not affiliated with Novell, I
> would advise against bundling at all.  You would be using disk space
> on your target machine for something that can be shared between
> applications anyway.  If you are deploying to a Windows machine then
> the Microsoft .NET runtime should be easily installable, and if you
> are deploying to Linux then many distributions already have Mono
> packages.  Simply instruct your users to install them.

Apart from the point that some might argue otherwise (thinking of mac-style
application deployment, almost everything in one folder) I see one big
usecase for this: You can put your software on an USB stick/CD/medium with
all requirements (nice for portability) and can run it without installation
(nice if you don't have the required permissions, both on Windows/Linux)
for example in corporate environments.

So I like the idea for some stuff, although I agree with your opinion in


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