Noted, Snow Leopard will be upgraded to Lion this coming week (I'm on top of this because I have been an active participant in Apple Communities for some time now)
When my newbie arrives, the first thing I will have to do is an OS upgrade (free) Because mine is a custom build, and ordered a few weeks back Snow Leopard will be on it when it comes.
No Backup required (although it;s wise of course) just a one hit, there you go Lion.
No cables, no fuss, and even die hard PC people will have to admit, a design icon.
I'm looking forward to it, like I said, it really is the end of an era for me :))