I have been in the Apple Beta program for a while now. I have a separate partition on an external HD just for testing purposes. Apple is in the process of releasing beta’s for Yosemite 10.10.4. Considering how buggy some of Apple’s software release’s have been lately, I think a Beta program is an excellent idea. But, there is a method to my madness here.
I am downloading and installing the latest Yosemite Beta release as I write this. I think it is valuable to be able to test 10.10.4 before I install it on my mission critical machine. Here is what 10.10.4 looks like on my Beta install:
So far I 10.10.4 seems to be working well. It is snappy and I have not encountered any issues, YMMV however. But, there is another reason to be signed up for the Apple Beta Program and that is El Capitan!! Apple is going to do beta releases of it’s next OS X, El Capitan. Now THAT is what I want to test.
The problem with all this is I cannot intall all my software into the Beta so I cannot know for sure that everything will work. I have tons of software, most of which I use, but some of it for testing for this blog. Despite that I can test the overall workability of El Capitan and, most importantly, I can install some mission critical software like my blogging program Blogo, 1Password, Everweb (websites), Postbox (email), PathFinder (Finder replacement), etc. I must know if these mission critical apps work in Yosemite 10.10.4, but especially if they work OK in El Capitan. So far so good, but we will see when El Captian gets here.
It is nice to be able to get El Capitan in July when it is released to the beta program. I will keep you posted on how it goes after I install it onto my beta partition. Until then, hang in there, hopefully El Capitan will solve several “under the hood” problems in Yosemite. Time will tell.