Am I reading correctly? El Capitan runs very stable?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by NJRonbo, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    For those using Beta 1...

    Does El Capitan run stable enough to use as an everyday operating system?

    Mail works? Most programs work? That seems to be the case from what I am reading thus far, though I want to be certain before installing it.

    And, yes, I am well aware one should not install a beta as an operating system.
    And, yes, I am well aware that it's best to install it on a second partition
    And, yes, I have a copy of it outside of being a developer -- and so do many others -- so no speeches.

    I would have waited for the regular user beta in July, but if enough of you think its stable enough to run, I will back up my current Yosemite and then install the beta as the main operating system.

    Thanks in advance to those who are cool enough to answer this question without the normal warnings.
  2. hansenc macrumors 6502


    Jun 16, 2004
    So far it hasn't been bad. A little laggy, some apps aren't working but most are good.
  3. SG- macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2015
    the only issue I have is Facebook doesn't load properly sometimes, but I'm not a FB addict.
  4. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    Anyone want to list MAJOR apps that are not working, or perhaps provide a link that may already exist on this subject?

    Thanks, guys, for answering my question in a straightforward manner. That is what I was hoping for.
  5. happyslayer macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    There's a "Sticky" thread for this at the top
  6. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    Aaah, my apologies. I see it now. I should have looked harder
  7. aldrinjtauro macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2014
    Birmingham, AL
    Yeah, I couldn't get Facebook to load the next page after I typed in login info, although I do have 2fa turned on for it. Fixed it by going to, logging in, and then went to, and it all worked fine.

    [EDIT]: Haha, never mind, the page only loaded a few posts, didn't load the chat bar, and stopped when I refreshed. Gonna just use mobile.
  8. h9826790 macrumors G4


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    It depends on what's your workflow. I've try it for few hours, the OS itself is very smooth, in fact, better than Yosemite. However, quite a few apps doesn't work. Some 3rd party hardware not working at all (which works in Mavericks / Yosemite without any extra kext).

    It's obviously focus on performance, but not compatibility.
  9. clukas macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2010
    Im having the same problem with Facebook, lol. Other than that, most of the apps I need run stable. I am using this on a secondary machine, my primary iMac will stay with Yosemite for now.
  10. Skoal macrumors 65816

    Nov 4, 2009
    Agreed! It's hard to gauge whether a beta will work for one person to the next depending on the apps they rely on, the machine they use, etc. etc. With Yosemite I read all kinds of issues from some folks while others (including me) had no issues at all. Yosemite has been a dream for me. Having said that I think I'll wait for the public beta on this one since I need my MBP to run without the usual small app glitches of a first beta. YMMV
  11. mixel macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2006
    Leeds, UK
    Works great for me with the exception of Logitech control Center.. Gone back to an apple mouse for now. :)

    El Capitan is working much better for me than Yosemite did.

    Creative suite doesn't seem phased by it, Lightroom isn't bothered. Not found any software that doesn't run well yet.
  12. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020


    Oct 25, 2009
    Oh wow, so it's not just me... :eek:.

    If anything, Pinning Facebook has prevented me from checking it at 'crack addict pace' whenever I have 1 notification. Which is a nice addition to my life.
  13. PsykX macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2006
    I can definitely see this is a beta, but it has nothing to do with Yosemite and iOS 8.
    I'm in love with both new OSes. :)

    Edit : Oh, so I was about to accuse Bell Canada about my Facebook and all my network problems. It looks like El Capitan's the one messing it up.
  14. jmgregory1 macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    Chicago and a few other places around the world
    Just a few minor issues, but nothing keeping me from using my rMBP as a daily driver. In fact, Mail now works where I was having issues with Yosemite - still am on our 2013 iMac (although maybe I'll get it onto El Capitan now just to solve that issue.
  15. Skoal macrumors 65816

    Nov 4, 2009
    Has anyone tried running VMware Fusion 7 on it?
  16. Gary500 macrumors regular


    Nov 25, 2009
    Yes, it works fine.
  17. Skoal macrumors 65816

    Nov 4, 2009
    Thanks for the reply. That's good news!
  18. Takuro macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2009
    Just have to say this, because it bears repeating every time an OS X developer preview is released: There are likely lots of internal debugs switched on for debugging until the final product ships. Typically, whatever we get in Fall should perform a bit better once these are switched off.

    In my experience, the OS is very responsive, particularly in UI animations. I guess this is the end result of Core Animation running on Metal now.
  19. dwfaust macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    I'm seeing big time crashes in Mail since adding my POP3 gmail account. Mail won't even run. It crashes, gives me the option to sent a crash report and reopen Mail. As soon as I reopen Mail, it crashes again and the process repeats.

    Otherwise, it's not too bad, but with Mail out of commission, it's a non-starter for my daily driver system.
  20. petvas macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    My past experience with previous betas was, that they become stable after beta 5 or 6. I wouldn't upgrade my productive machines before that.
  21. xxjrsmith3xx macrumors member


    Oct 26, 2014
    So far it's been a lot faster then 10.10.3 very faster and snapier.
  22. ErikGrim macrumors 68040


    Jun 20, 2003
    Brisbane, Australia
    I don't think that's related to El Capitan, I've had loading issues on Yosemite today and yesterday as well.
  23. Skoal macrumors 65816

    Nov 4, 2009
    Agreed, though strangely I think I only encountered one issue through the whole Yosemite beta process. Well, at least so far! I'll probably wait till around the time the PB hits to give it a try on my daily driver.
  24. xmichaelp macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2012
    I recommend to just make a small partition and install it. You can still access all files and apps from your other installation.
  25. SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040


    Feb 25, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    For me, this DP1 is more stable than 10.10.0 was. I get the occasional lag in Safari and the occasional beachball but everything else is much faster.

    It so stable for a beta that its almost "boring".

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