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How big is the mono runtime, and how does it compare in size to other popular runtimes like python, ruby and java?

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Are you asking about how large the binary files are that compose this runtime, or about how much memory the mono runtime and others take up when a program that uses them is running? –  Eliah Kagan Jun 17 '12 at 4:44
    
the binary files –  trampster Jun 17 '12 at 4:53
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Taking debian SID and installing the minium required to run a hello world program gives:

RUBY - 13.1 MB

OPENJDK - 137 MB

PYTHON - 17.7 MB

MONO - 11.5 MB

QT - 28.8 MB

This makes Mono the smallest of all languages investigated.

This is taken from blog post by the mono packager directhex.

http://apebox.org/wordpress/rants/416/

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One of the comments points out that if you only install required dependencies, Python is the smallest at 6.1 MB. But apart from Java, there's not a lot of difference between them anyway. –  Thomas K Jun 19 '12 at 13:40
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