Here are three different ways to put Lion on a USB thumb drive. If you buy and install Lion from the App Store it downloads all 3Gigabytes from the App Store, installs Lion, then deletes the installer! So when you go to install it on another machine it needs another 3Gigabyte download! Here’s how to make a re-usable installer.
The new OSX Lion comes as an upgrade from the Apple App Store – not on a DVD. The good news is that once you’ve paid for it once, Apple allow you to install it on all the computers you own for free! After you purchase it from the App Store you just have to go into the App Store on your other computers and Lion will be there – all paid for and ready to download again!
The Apple page on this is here.
Of course, you need to upgrade all your existing computers to Snow-Leopard first.
The main hitch is that it needs to download lots of files first.
You can make a USB installer and copy it across manually. Here is a way to do this using the built-in Disk Utility in OS X.
Did you know that if you hold down SHIFT-COMMAND-4 you can take a picture of any part of your screen? Press SHIFT-COMMAND-4 and your cursor will turn into a cross-hair. (Try it right now!) Click and drag over anything and you can take a picture. It’s how most of the small pictures on this website are made.
Switching to OS X from a PC is a big change. Here are a some of my random thoughts on the transition.
In Snow Leopard if you try to install a program while another is installing you get an error message saying “Waiting for other installations to complete.” But what do you do if the message stays there after the program has finished installing?
Here’s a list of some programs that you can download for free from versiontracker.com or find via a google search to supplement the software that comes with your mac.