Mountain Lion DP1 stable enough for regular use?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Zac goes rawr:D, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. Zac goes rawr:D macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2009
    Most of the time this would be a stupid question, it's the first beta of a operating system so obviously it'd be way to unstable. but because it's a "upgrade" not redesign, is it possibly stable/ faster than lion as it is now?
  2. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    It's always a stupid question! It's a beta, so it is not intended and not recommended for regular use. A number of applications don't work and need to be updated, so unless you solely rely on Apple apps for your regular use, you will be disappointed.

    It's quite stable, so developers can actually start updating their applications and implement new features (iCloud storage, yay!).
  3. SRLMJ23 macrumors 68000


    Jul 11, 2008
    New York
    I agree with Thunder, beta's don't belong on any machine except a developers thats specifically for beta's.
  4. Shazaam! macrumors member


    Apr 12, 2009
    For me it's been rock solid for everyday use.
  5. Yamcha macrumors 68000

    Mar 6, 2008
    Yes It's quite stable for everyday use however some apps & games may not work.. In my case everything worked except for Onyx..

    I don't see anything wrong with a typical user using Developer Preview.. Just keep in mind that not everything is expected to work.. There is absolutely no harm in installing it on a different partition..

    I've been using Mountain Lion since release as my primary OS I've even removed Lion.. So far no crashes or anything along those lines.. And the applications and games that I rely on are all working..
  6. Blipp macrumors 6502

    Mar 14, 2011
    Thank you! I feel like I'm taking crazy pills in this place. This Mountain Lion sub-forum should be filled with questions or hopes about Mountain Lion not tips and tricks for every Tom, Dick, and Harry to run is as their every day OS. It's not a public beta.:rolleyes:
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    There will be a bunch of threads coming with titles more or less "Installed Mountain Lion, now <insert problem>, please help! can't use the machine now" No backup"
  8. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    Nuclear weapons safe enough for regular use?
  9. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    I have been using it for regular use with very little issues but I also have 2 other computers and multiple backups of all my stuff in case anything goes wrong. If you are thinking of installing a beta on your only computer, don't.
  10. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    I installed Mountain Lion DP 2.

    Remarkably, everything worked fantastically well and I have about 50 major apps installed. Everything from Photoshop CS to Snapz X Pro worked perfectly....

    However, the one thing that went wrong was my email.

    It would not work with my Verizon Fios SMTP account. Just could not get Apple Mail to send out a single email. Whereas the settings worked perfectly under Lion, somehow it was changed in Mountain Lion or the new email requires additional settings I could not figure out.

    I am guessing that the email portion of DP2 is not yet totally refined.

    Real shame. It looked as if DP was stable enough to use as an everyday operating system, but in the end, it was Mail that killed the Mountain Lion.

    Fortunately, I did a backup and restored using Super Duper back to Lion.
  11. kemo macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2008
    I guess not, definitely not by you. About the Lion, DP2 seems to be smooth and not that laggy and buggy as DP1 (obviously) and within 3 days of whole day use I had only one issue with Mission Control:

    Except that It was pleasure to work with ML, but SL is SL no doubt that Im still missing Expose in ML. So until Apple learn from their mistake to get it back Im keeping SL. ;)
  12. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
  13. Discaciate macrumors member


    Apr 28, 2010
    It's pretty stable. So far I have had only a single one Kernel Panic. Most apps work and I have came across just a few bugs.

    But putting this on your main machine is a risk, and things could go bad. But that's always been the case with Alphas, Betas and so on... But then you could just reinstall the last stable version, load up your backup and go on with no harm done.

    One thing that people should consider is that those future OSs releases are going to be much more integrated with cloud services (iCloud in this case). This does bring some new dangers that a lot of people are not aware.
    How happy would you be if you came across a bug that would mess up a lot of your iCloud contacts infos, for example?

    That scenario is somewhat improbable, but it can happen. Dropbox "auto photo upload" is a nice example of that. Now it works just fine and it is present on the stable releases. But it had it's beta period and Dropbox made it pretty clear that anyone participating should have backups of everything.

    Bottom line: if you feel like testing it, go ahead. But do understand the risks involved in the process.
  14. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    So what is it then? An Alpha?
  15. Sdreed91 macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2011
    Of course not. But I've been using DP2 S my main OS it is buggy sometimes slow. Rarely I have startup issues. But other than that is has what one might classify as tolerable to use everyday. Animations and other things are quite snappier such as opening the finder and windows like about my Mac.
  16. SantaRosa2.2 macrumors regular


    Mar 7, 2012
    Somewhere in Florida
    Same here, I have been using it everyday, without any issue that would make me wish to reinstall lion. A few gameplay issues, a little buggy with Arkham asylum. All my previous Ilife, iWork apps work like normal, and settings are stable. The machine is much more laggy specifically on startup, than lion. But that is understandable. Updates work fine except going through app store but no issue there either. I don't regularly use some of the features that have been reported buggy so it works great for me.
  17. Sdreed91 macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2011
    Yah so far I like it and for being a beta it works very well. There are a few graphical errors and I noticed that while I am in iTunes full screen if I want to search something on the store it takes me back to my desktop page and out of my iTunes store searches but other than that nothing major. I like it and an extremely pleased with what we are getting. And better yet I have very high hopes for iOS 6 I am hoping for more synchronization between devices like the safari tab syncing I hope that is placed in iOS 6. Either way I like where Apple is going. Mobility I believe is where Apple really has its sights set and well it's pretty obvious that is the future. I mean a desktop isn't just going to disappear but I believe that it will slowly fade as an important component to serious computing but that is still very far off.
  18. Simplicated macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    It is a beta. Just not public.
  19. 3282868, Apr 9, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 9, 2012

    3282868 macrumors 603

    Jan 8, 2009
    No. Definitely not. Install it on another HD or partition but I wouldn't recommend it as anyone's main OS.

    Yeah, since Lion Apple changed the ADC membership and such. Used to be hundreds of dollars to join, and beta's were released much more frequently than 4 or so as Lion. Apple lowered the price to $99, same as iOS membership, in part to entice more consumers to become active in beta testing and perhaps to entice intermediate users to get into programming with pushing Xcode. With the iOS developer program, there's been a lot of people who began learning and producing apps (many with iTunes U courses, still have the Stanford courses I need to take).
  20. SantaRosa2.2 macrumors regular


    Mar 7, 2012
    Somewhere in Florida
    Exactly why I got involved last month...:apple:

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