I’ve been enjoying my time in South Padre but tonight I noticed a couple things about the newly RTM’d .NET 3.5 SP1 release. As I’ve previouly blogged the framework is huge and it’s only getting bigger and bigger and bigger.
1) The full package is a 231MB download. .NET 3.5 RTM weighed in at 197MB so that’s a 17.26% increase. Christ, I really wish my 401K would do that instead.
2) The .NET 3.5 SP1 `Client Profile` is now a 255.5MB download. Huh? Why is it bigger then the full package? I thought it was supposed to be about 26-30MB?
[Edit: The client profile download is now a broken URL.]
3) If you want to use the (initially) tiny web download / bootstrapper version (2.8mb) don’t expect it to actually work if your customer is using a firewall. Then again, that’s probably a good thing considering if I ran a network I wouldn’t want dozens of clients pulling down a quarter of a terabyte (edit: oops Gigabyte!) in data just to run a program written in managed code.
Now I’m a huge fan of .NET, C#, VSTS, TFS, et al but I’m really at a loss for this one.