Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton
I'm so over optical media for software distribution. It just means it's out of date the moment the DVD is pressed. I installed Snow Leopard using a bootable USB memory stick...and I've never looked back.
The benefit of having the DVD media is that it is bootable, and provides standalone installation. If Apple distributed full retail copies of Lion on a read-only USB flash drive, that would probably satisfy most of the DVD crowd.
As for DVDs being out of date, perhaps Apple should take a look at Microsoft's "slipstreaming" technique, where you can apply the latest updates to a Windows install disk, thereby creating an up-to-date installation disk.
The questions I have about App Store-only distribution of Lion:
Will the file you download from the Mac App Store allow you to create a standalone USB or Firewire boot disk that you can run the Lion installer from, without having to first install previous versions of Mac OS?
And would it provide all the options typically available from the bootable DVD installer, such as "Archive and Install" and "Erase and Install"?
What about companies that have not yet upgraded their older Intel Macs to Snow Leopard due to issues such as compatibility with older software. Would there be a way for them to upgrade those Macs directly to Lion without having to first upgrade to 10.5, then 10.6?
Can IT departments copy the Lion installer and run it on a Snow Leopard Mac that is not signed in to the App Store?
How does Mac App Store authorization affect companies that use disk images for setting up dozens or hundreds of Macs? Does every Mac in the company need to be signed in to a Mac App Store account with credit card info?