A very good point fjgold.. You said it's faster.. I'm curious.. is it faster than 16 minutes from start to useable desktop? I've not tried installing that way yet so I don't know how fast it is in comparison.. I installed the RC a couple nights ago and it took 16 minutes from start to useable desktop.. (CLEAN INSTALL)
I know that when a Linux live CD is setup on a thumb drive instead of a optical disc it loads much faster and is much more responsive. Installing from a live USB using the built-in installer is about 40% quicker, at least when installing Ubuntu Intrepid
or PCLinuxOS 2009. I don't know if you would get comparable results with Win 7. Although it stands to reason that it would considering that USB flash drives are much faster than CD.
It seems to me, if my memory serves that installing from my DVD drive took somewhat longer than 16 minutes.
Anyway it sounds like it might be fun and informative do do a comparison. I don't have much of anything to do anyways.
I'm retired and somewhat a glutton for punishment.