Mythical small kernel images?

Alejandro F. Reimondo aleReimondo at
Mon Feb 10 16:41:39 UTC 2003

You can also build images with even smaller footprint
 using and alternative like the SystemTracer.
Here I attach two images in binary format that
 can work on win* machines (use FFI during runtime)
 one of  62kb and the other of 120kb
They are runtime only, like java programs...

----- Original Message -----
From: "Aaron J Reichow" <reic0024 at>
To: "The general-purpose Squeak developers list"
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Sent: Monday, February 10, 2003 1:02 PM
Subject: Re: Mythical small kernel images?

> While it may not be as nice as ~250k, one can make a pretty small image
> using majorShrink and a little category deletion.  I'd say an MVC image
> with networking could be attainable by most general Squeak programmers
> that is 500k-1MB in size.  Still a lot smaller than that 9 MB JRE! :)
> Regards,
> Aaron
>   Aaron Reichow  ::  UMD ACM Pres  ::
>   "life, probably the biggest word i've ever said, that says a lot,
>   because there's a whole lot of words inside my head.." :: atmosphere
> On Mon, 10 Feb 2003 goran.hultgren at wrote:
> > Hi all!
> >
> > A while ago around OOPSLA 2002 I think there was some talk about two
> > impressive achievements - one really tiny kernel image by Dan Ingalls
> > weighing in at a mere 246kb (if my memory serves) and one by Andreas
> > Raab just a teeny bit larger.
> >
> > Since I just got a silly challenge from my brother to whip up a small
> > networking non-UI trivial app I thought it would have been cool to both
> > use a minimal image and perhaps even go to the length of making a
> > minimal VM for it. :-) Why? Well, because it could be cool to demo for
> > all those Java-dudes demanding a ~9Mb JRE download. :-)
> >
> > Perhaps Andreas or Dan or anyone else who knows anything could give us a
> > status report?
> >
> > regards, Göran
> >
> >
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