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I saw that; it looks incredibly excessive. If the emulator runs as a Java app, is it really not enough to just download a .jar and run it on whatever OS I happen to be running on my workstation? Or are there so many custom dependencies and configuration requirements that such an approach is infeasible? They could probably shave that footprint down considerably if they didn't bloat it with an Ubuntu VM.

You can just download the source package and do a simple `ant run` if you just want the emulator. Initial build took less than 15 seconds on my machine and didn't require any extra user action.

The Instant Contiki package also includes toolchains for several platforms, which probably is the biggest value it provides.

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