Originally Posted by ShaolinDave
No previous versions of OS X have allowed for backup disc to be made, and there's been no announcement that this one will either.
There has been no announcement AT ALL. No announcement of ANYTHING.
Previous versions are irrelevant, delivering it this way is a first for apple so precedent from those OS releases is absolutely meaningless.
Again, you have no idea what is "unlikely", just an imagination that goes straight to the worst case scenario.
Originally Posted by anakin1992
a small SSD drive, 64G, would be enough for bootloader etc. the rest of data, including OS, will be stored at external drives via thunderbolt link. those external drives will be also SSD as HDD can not speed up enough to handle thunderbolt speed of 1000MB/s. or at least SSD is needed for buffering access to HDD drives, otherwise, thunderbolt link will be under utilized.
I don't agree at all. Starting to put external drives on every machine would be a step backwards - the reason you do external is because the internal you have is already full. We will see more and more SSD but HD isn't going away for a long time (if ever) since it is so much more expensive (and for small capacities) and many people simply don't need SSD speed for everything (particularly large amounts of data like music and video libraries).
Thunderbolt is a nice addition, but it doesn't replace internal drive busses, which are plenty fast and likely to get faster before we see drives that are too fast for SATA III. Thunderbolt WILL be underutilized, particularly in the early part of its release, but that's not a big deal and no reason to totally change how computers are set up.
Originally Posted by doh123
I'm sure Apple is smart enough to think of that... and will have something thats an option. Maybe when you purchase Lion in the Mac App Store they'll also send a DVD or USB stick to you.. maybe for an extra fee...
Or just have you burn your own DVD or create a bootable thumb drive. No need to send a physical copy to someone who just downloaded it.