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


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#1 of 7 Ronald Epstein

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Posted April 24 2014 - 11:58 AM

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.ap...am/learn?c=join

 

There is a non-disclosure agreement of sorts that you need to accept

in order to join.


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#2 of 7 Sam Posten

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Posted April 24 2014 - 05:33 PM

This is gonna be interesting. I recommend the breaking bad strategy: Tread lightly! =)

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#3 of 7 Ronald Epstein

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Posted April 24 2014 - 09:48 PM

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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#4 of 7 DaveF

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Posted April 25 2014 - 05:38 AM

Are you using this on your main machine? Is that dangerous? How "beta" are these OS X betas?

#5 of 7 Ronald Epstein

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Posted April 25 2014 - 06:50 AM

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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#6 of 7 Ronald Epstein

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Posted April 25 2014 - 10:37 PM

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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#7 of 7 DaveF

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Posted April 26 2014 - 06:44 AM

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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