- Don’t install early betas on a computer you want to get work done on. You will have apps break and be spending significant amounts of time nursing things along. Ideally, you’d install it on a second Mac for all but the latest of builds.
- Don’t bitch to developers about apps breaking in developer-build software. It makes tons of sense to inform developers when you catch bugs of their software in an operating system update. However, giving a poor review or expecting that they’ll drop everything and patch for a still-unfinished operating system is just ridiculous.
I thought this advice would go without saying, but David knows how the general public reacts to beta software; they expect it to work flawlessly while showing off new features their friends don’t have yet.
As David points out, the real question is why now?
A final question I have about all of this is why we are getting this now. It seems there is a lot of rumbling about Apple issuing a re-designed OS X this year to more closely parallel the new iOS look. If that is the case, I suspect they’ll need more testers than ever and WWDC is just a few months away.
I am both excited, and worried about this possibility. Excited the Mac will be seeing more attention in the immediate future, but worried that attention will only make the Mac more like iOS.
For the last couple of years I have shied away from Apple’s beta software, because the new features were so heavily documented online, and I preferred the stability of the previous release. I doubt the beta seeding of OS X 10.10 will be any different. Especially if Apple incorporates a new look, which requires a visual update for all of my apps.