I mean, couldn't it be distributed in source form, together with some user-friendly way to build it for a given AVR model at the moment it is needed for the first time. Eventually, a "descruction" ("clean") could be provided too, for models which are not needed anymore.
I admit I did not think much on the details, and I understand they are not trivial.
The benefit would be
- probably much smaller size
- more compressible (even smaller size for an "installer", i.e. less internet bandwidth - I know the westerner tend to neglect this as an argument these days)
- could be more tightly tailored to individual AVRs (now, some of the lesser important features are a tradeoff for a group, e.g. the memory sizes in makefile)
Just a wild idea, and I would like to hear the strong opinions... :-)