Originally Posted by sequitur
2. Would the 4 MB Lion OS fit on a 4 MB thumb drive or would it be better to put it on an 8 MB?
(that sounds stupid, doesn't it?)
I'd love a 4 megabyte Lion install. I miss when OS' had to have size requirements. Code was tight and clean.
The GM reports as 3.76 GB when "Get Info'd" within the GM itself. Removable media will be reported as the manufacturer describes. So a 4GB drive will show up as 4GB. I'm pretty sure it will work fine.
3. What are the down sides, if any, of having the OS on a thumb drive?
Is installing over USB faster or slower than installing via DVD?
Whichever is slower is the downside. A flash drive you can scratch all you want and it'll still work. A DVD you can scratch once and instantly ruin. Though it's unlikely you'll leave a DVD in your pants pocket through the wash.
4. Would the same method be used to put the OS on a thumb drive as on an optical disc?
Operationally, no. The instructions are different. The outcome, of course, is the same (a bootable piece of metal and plastic from which you can install Lion).