Originally Posted by mstone
I'm not really that keen on the Mac App Store for dev releases. Seams cumbersome to have to redeem and then load the installer into the Applications directory. At least they got smart about the patch and used the Software Updater not the App Store unlike xcode that makes you re-download the entire thing for a .02 patch. Plus you have to keep the 4.5 gig installer file in your applications directory even after the install.
it is a pain in the ass but I think that is how they are going to sell it in the future, which Im all for, so Im okay with dealing with a few hiccups.
The redeem code also allows it to be sold much the same way .Mac and MobileMe have been sold. The retail box can be small because it only has to house the redeem code, no installer. This then allows the OS to be sold through 3rd-parties, not just Apple, which means some potential cost saving.
I think they will likely offer a CD version but at a greater cost than the DL-only version.
The problems I see so far is the Mac App Store simply isnt that great for handling such a large DL. Dropbox and torrents do a great job of breaking up files and putting them back together seamlessly. Case in point, Ive had some issues getting Lion to install. Turns out Mac App Store with my Mac is messing up some part of the download, but only with Preview 2.
Since the 3rd update was via Software Update and Apples dev support hasnt gotten back to me for weeks with a resolution and are stingy, to say the least, with redeem codes I decided to find an alternative" source to get a working installer. Lion from the Mac App Store isn't encapsulated with DRM like regular apps so I knew it wouldnt be difficult. Just today I installed Preview 2 without a hitch, then did each of the two 1GB updates, and then downloaded the 4GB Xcode 4.1 for Lion at an Apple Store. With 20Gbps and my SSD all 12GB down and 4 installations happened in an hour.
So, yes, I understand what you mean by cumbersome
. The Recovery HD is great but I think they need to expand it to more than 750MB to also include the Installer files. Without an option to boot into Recovery HD and then reinstall the OS over itself or from scratch the process becomes even more cumbersome than before if you do happen to have a problem. Even letting Recovery HD locate the Installer on some other partition or drive would be okay.
As it stands now, if you had an installation crap out on you, like I did since the issue with my download wasnt noticed until mostly through the installation, there is nothing you can do without the Snow Leopard DVD. Then youre back to square one with a wiped drive and a redeem code that no longer works.