Do you think I can run 10.11 DP1 as my primary OS on my main machine?

TechGod

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I have El Capitan installed on a separate partition right now(30GB) and I only use my laptop for school. Pages, Safari, Opera, Messages, iTunes, Shazam and syncing.

Do you think for that sort of usage that I can just go ahead and install El Capitan on my main partition? If yes, should I start fresh and then install it or "dirty install"?

I of course have Time machine back ups.
 

TechGod

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Oh and I have Caffeine, Breakaway, Jumpcut and Spectacle running. Although I think with the new split screen feature, Spectacle won't be necessary.
 

XboxMySocks

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Why do you have Caffeine installed? It's natively worked into OSX.

Anyway, I'm running it just fine on my main machine. Crashes are occasional but expected.
 

TechGod

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Why do you have Caffeine installed? It's natively worked into OSX.

Anyway, I'm running it just fine on my main machine. Crashes are occasional but expected.
Any specific app crashes or the whole machine in general?I have Caffeine installed so I can quickly toggle between forcing the screen to stay on or not without having to keep on going to the system preferences again and again.
 

TechGod

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Thanks, just gonna wait for this back up to finish and get a couple of other people's opinions.
 

ArmPol

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I have a rMBP 2015 13" and am using El Capitan on my main partition without problem. I use Office Preview 2016, with a few minor niggles. Everything else works flawlessly, Safari is fast, all native apps are without problem and I have only had one lock-up.

I did not do a clean install, but will when DP 2 is out.
 

TechGod

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I have a rMBP 2015 13" and am using El Capitan on my main partition without problem. I use Office Preview 2016, with a few minor niggles. Everything else works flawlessly, Safari is fast, all native apps are without problem and I have only had one lock-up.

I did not do a clean install, but will when DP 2 is out.
Alrighty, thanks. Installing now.
 

danielceleste

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I'm going to play devil's advocate here. I've had DP1 installed on my 2013 rMBP for about a week now, and did a "dirty" install (i.e. an ordinary upgrade). The reason for me installing it was because I was getting sick of the poor performance of Yosemite, and I was hesitant at first because I try to avoid betas if I can because I like things to be reliable.

With El Capitan, the only issue I've encountered so far is that, after upgrading, my iCloud & Apple ID setup were wonky, so I had to sign out and back in again and re-enable things like iMessage and FaceTime. Besides that, though, surprisingly no issues besides Spotify acting up a bit, so I've been using the web player. I think the fact that I don't use many fancy apps may have something to do with it. Even as a beta 1, El Cap feels like what the GM of Yosemite should have been as far as stability and smoothness of the UI go.

For context, here's a picture of what's in my Dock, to illustrate the apps I mostly stick to.




HOWEVER, if you are a student as you've stated, I would recommend staying away from any beta period if you're using your Mac to take notes or do anything else during class. You need to be sure that Evernote, or whatever you're using, isn't going to crash during that time. I'm a student as well, but am on summer break right now, so that's why I'm being a bit adventurous.
 

leman

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DP1 has many annoying bugs and problems, but I found it quite usable as a main OS. Just a bit annoying to work around the incompatibilities. The most serious bug by far is inability to connect to certain WPA2 enterprise networks.

All in all, I don't see much reason to use it at this point except if you are a dev and want to play around with new tech.
 

pickaxe

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I am a person who is usually fine with running beta versions, plus I'm hyped for El Capitan.

That said, I had a ton of annoying bugs to the point that I had to revert to Yosemite.
 

TechGod

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I'm going to play devil's advocate here. I've had DP1 installed on my 2013 rMBP for about a week now, and did a "dirty" install (i.e. an ordinary upgrade). The reason for me installing it was because I was getting sick of the poor performance of Yosemite, and I was hesitant at first because I try to avoid betas if I can because I like things to be reliable.

With El Capitan, the only issue I've encountered so far is that, after upgrading, my iCloud & Apple ID setup were wonky, so I had to sign out and back in again and re-enable things like iMessage and FaceTime. Besides that, though, surprisingly no issues besides Spotify acting up a bit, so I've been using the web player. I think the fact that I don't use many fancy apps may have something to do with it. Even as a beta 1, El Cap feels like what the GM of Yosemite should have been as far as stability and smoothness of the UI go.

For context, here's a picture of what's in my Dock, to illustrate the apps I mostly stick to.




HOWEVER, if you are a student as you've stated, I would recommend staying away from any beta period if you're using your Mac to take notes or do anything else during class. You need to be sure that Evernote, or whatever you're using, isn't going to crash during that time. I'm a student as well, but am on summer break right now, so that's why I'm being a bit adventurous.
I use pages for notes.
 

megalaser

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I went back to Yosemite, 10.11 was just too buggy unfortunately, needs a lot more work, I had screen redraw issues (big white blocks), Safari not connecting to some sites without a restart, iTunes not seeing iPhone backups that were there and lots of other things . . . Looking forward to giving it another shot further down the line though . . .
 

mikecwest

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If you need to access USB devices in Parallels, don't install it yet. Parallels won't connect SD card or USB drive properly yet.