Mavericks Beta Testing Program now open to everyone -- not just Developers

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    You can test the latest builds of Mavericks and give feedback
    directly to Apple in the same way Developers do.

    It's no longer a "Developers Only" privilege.

    https://appleseed.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/learn?c=join

    There is a non-disclosure agreement of sorts that you need to accept
    in order to join.
     
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    This is gonna be interesting. I recommend the breaking bad strategy: Tread lightly! =)
     
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    I just did the upgrade last night.

    So far, so good, although SpamSieve is not working correctly even
    though I am using their latest beta version.
     
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    Are you using this on your main machine? Is that dangerous? How "beta" are these OS X betas?
     
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    Dave,

    If this were a new operating system in the making I would be concerned. I used the
    betas going from Snow Leopard to Lion and then Lion to Mavericks. It got a bit buggy.

    However, I feel a little more secure knowing that it is Mavericks beta instead of a transition
    to a new version.

    That being said...

    Installed the beta last night. This morning the computer was running perfect.

    However...

    Ran into a snag with Chrome and Safari not uploading images properly. Could not
    get either to upload an image when I hit the image button (in this editor).

    At first I thought it was just a software bug with this forum. However, now I am
    realizing it is probably a bug with the beta and how the browsers interact with it.

    Not quite sure how to go back to the older version of Mavericks.

    I'm not really concerned as I have a second computer and really, it's a minor bug
    at the moment.
     
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    Dave,

    I take the above back.

    The problems with the browser were not related to Mavericks beta.

    Everything is working fine now, which means it was probably a temporary
    software glitch on this platform.

    So, what I am saying, is that the Mavericks beta is working quite well.
     
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    Cool. Presumably, Apple would take care not to release to the lay public dangerously buggy betas. They want feature feedback, and don't want an uncontrolled PR disaster of "Apple OS X beta destroyed my data"Still, betas bring more risk than even dot-zero releases. Maybe I'll take a look at it. My Mac is not a "production" machine. (I get in trouble if there's even a whiff of screwing up my wife's iMac :) )
     

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