If you have, say, Microsoft Office 2009 and have an update disc to bring in to Office 2010, will that disc be exactly the same disc that comes in the box from Best Buy if you didn't have Microsoft Office? No they wouldn't, yet the end result is the same.
You can get the update that's exactly like the one that the OTA is, or get the one at the beginning of this thread. Again the end result will be the same. The choice is up to you.
I suppose in theory they could tell by looking at your account whether or not it had been pushed to you. After that, it's all the same though. I doubt there is any other way they could tell (apart from weird update.zip files on the sdcard were you to forget to delete them)
I do not question the legitimacy of the file or the experience of so many forum members who have found it to be good. I will probably give it a try tonight, it is just that my inquisitive mind will not leave me alone on this type of thing, I kind of like tying up the loose ends, one of my many quirks
Changed name, moved into sd card and followed instructions on installing. First thing I saw was
e:/can't open/cashe recovery command
It then installed and mostly running. Somethings aren't up yet, but the whole thing took about 6 minutes. I verified and have 2.2.
Adding to the mystery. On PeterAlfonso's blog John Galt said this:
"BTW - more users (including myself again) are getting this same file as an OTA update right now, as we speak. The time stamp on the .ZIP file is 11 Aug 12:53:56 on my phone, but all the hashes match up 100%."
Any chance people are now getting this "complete" install in the official OTA?
As for the rest, I'm glad my explanation has helped a couple of people get it done early. The faster we get this done the faster Verizon can move on to the next update for the Droid, and we all can see what goodies await!