Linked by David Adams on Wed 20th Jul 2011 15:13 UTC
Apple As widely anticipated, Apple's new major OSX release is available this morning, download-only, for $29.99 USD in the Mac App Store. There's a quick copy and paste job of the feature list after the jump. Also as expected, there's a new, Sandy Bridge-based Macbook Air. Update: A reader pointed out John Siracusa's Lion review at Ars.
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RE: Shrinks a partition
by jtfolden on Thu 21st Jul 2011 18:27 UTC in reply to "Shrinks a partition"
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Mac OS X still can't "dist-upgrade". Instead, the "installer" shrinks your existing partition, puts itself into a new partition, reboots your Mac from the new partition and installs Lion.

Actually, the installer blesses a new boot bundle on the same partition, reboots from that and then starts creating the Recovery partition as part of the install process from what I've read.

Other than that, there's nothing whatsoever important about "dist-upgrade". It's just a buzzword. The end result is the same. Though, Ubuntu still won't let users install the latest and great versions of their favorite apps without upgrading their entire OS. So, I can see why some would place importance on something like dist-upgrade.

Sounds fine, until you realise that resizing partitions only has a 99% success rate. Statistically speaking, one in every hundred Lion upgraders is going to lose all their data.

Resizing partitions has been a no-brainer on Macs for quite a few years (since at least 2006 with the advent of BootCamp). I've not heard of any memorable catastrophes but I'm sure they've happened on very rare occasions. I'm sure dist-upgrades fail more often than partition resizing on Macs. However, everyone should have a current back-up before trying anything remotely major such as this, right?

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