Latest Public Beta stable for daily usage?

Archer1778

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Yep I loaded it onto my new iMac and have had positive results... MS Office is still giving me issues but other then that it is very stable...
 

eyeseeyou

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Yes.

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fisherking

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i never understand why people ask this. it's a beta... some things are fine, some may be problematic. if you need to work, wait for the final version. but if you feel bold, or can afford some things not working, go for it. just don't expect a'gold master' experience (and, as we all know, there are bugs in final versions too). so, just decide how buggy you want your day to be.
 
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ManuCH

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Yep I loaded it onto my new iMac and have had positive results... MS Office is still giving me issues but other then that it is very stable...
Can you please elaborate on the MS Office issues you have on Beta 4? I've read elsewhere that Word is having issues. Is that still the case?
 

NJRonbo

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With all due respect...

I wish this constant berating of those who are asking if a beta is stable enough to use would cease.

Yes, we all know what beta means. We all know that betas have issues.

However, we all simply want to know if those issues are small enough that the beta is stable enough to be used on a daily basis with minimal problems.

Personally, I have used OS X betas over the years (in advanced stages) that have worked quite well.

This is really all we are asking: What is the severity of issues with the latest beta and is it stable enough to be used on a main computer.
 

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New disk format and conversion is all holding me off this one.

Maybe some form of sliding scale from users experiences to indicate to others where they think it is. I try to read the threads to gauge it for myself. Still not sure yet.
 

h9826790

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The problem is "how stable" is a personal opinion, different people have different standard. Also, beta can work well on one machine, but may be totally broken on the other. It's really hard to tell if this kind of early beta good for anyone's daily ops. For myself, I am OK. But I still won't recommend anyone to do so.

Unless you has very strong reason need HS now, even beta you still want it. e.g. For your GPU / eGPU. Otherwise, I will say better wait for few more months. The new APFS looks good, but also can be a trouble maker. Some hidden bug need time to dig out. Or even need time to build up. If you do worry about stability (that's why you ask), I think you better stay away from it for daily ops.

Or you may install it on an external drive, use it for few days, and then conclude if that's stable enough for you to daily use.
 
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Fishrrman

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NJRonbo wrote:
"Yes, we all know what beta means. We all know that betas have issues."

No.
Some folks simply don't understand this.
They load up the betas without creating a proper cloned backup, and then we see their cries for help later on: "how do I get back to where I was before?"

THAT'S why you see the warnings from others here.

Personal experience:
I've got the High Sierra beta running on an external "experimental" drive.
But I WOULD NOT use it as "my main OS" -- no way.
That's just me.
Indeed, it was only yesterday that I deemed OS 10.11.6 El Capitan sufficiently stable enough to finally "move up" from 10.8.5, which I've been using for the last 4.5 years!
 

mikecwest

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With all due respect...

I wish this constant berating of those who are asking if a beta is stable enough to use would cease.

Yes, we all know what beta means. We all know that betas have issues.

However, we all simply want to know if those issues are small enough that the beta is stable enough to be used on a daily basis with minimal problems.

Personally, I have used OS X betas over the years (in advanced stages) that have worked quite well.

This is really all we are asking: What is the severity of issues with the latest beta and is it stable enough to be used on a main computer.
What I don't get, is why they don't just read threads with existing information to make that determination. I know we all want to know if it is stable, but we don't need so many threads asking for that information.

If you are curious about whether a specific feature or app is working, you can check the what works/what doesn't thread. Aside from that, if you need something more detailed, make a thread about that that...such as "Parallels 12 - Windows 10 Virtual Machine - Why does it go into a super-high resolution, what can I do?" (If that happened to you, you can right click on the windows desktop and select screen resolution, like on any other windows installation.)

I am a firm believer in answer the question "is the xxxx beta stable enough for xxxx " the answer is "if you have to ask, then no."

On the other hand, I still advise offering help to those less knowledgable than us. If you think the berating is bad here, you should see Reddit, they will slaughter you for those kind of questions.
 
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