As many Apple fans already know, Mac OS X Lion, Apple's latest operating system as of this writing, was not released today. As this date was the expected release date for some, many of those who heard about it are, I'd imagine, rather disappointed. I myself am somewhat, though still anticipate the release.
Roomers on the internet put the release date of OS Lion to be either some time tomorrow, the Nineteenth, or perhaps the twenty-first. The fact is, no one is certain when OS Lion will be released. However, in preparation for the release, I'd like to talk about, and hopefully answer some of the questions that have been posed to me. Note that much of this information I've received from various sources on the internet, so don't take it at face value. To me, however, much of this is reasonable.
One question that is of concern among my group of friends is, will the operating system be a downloadable disk image file as many applications are? No, it won't. The download will be as many of the downloads have been through the app store. You will download the .app package directly.
How, then, if you download a .app package, do you burn it to a DVD?
I believe the appropriate dmg file is inside the .app package. Show the contents of the .app package, then enter the contents folder, shared support, and find the dmg file. I am not sure, at this point, if there are many dmg files, or just one. I'll investigate this when I receive the operating system and post more in the next article.
Can I do a full install or just an upgrade?
I assume you will have the ability to do a full installation of OS Lion if you want. This is especially the case if you've made a bootable DVD of the operating system itself.
It has also been reported that you will have the ability to make OS Lion bootable from a USB drive. The process for this procedure is, I believe, similar to the process to burn OS Lion to a DVD. Again, I'll explain in detail in my next article.
I'm aware that, to some, this article may have been a disappointment. That's okay, though. In the next article, I'll describe the process for downloading OS Lion, installing it, and optionally, how to burn the operating system to a DVD. Those who might want to purchase the operating system later, or who are simply interested in the process, might find it useful.
Until next time...