I thought of trying out Yosemite, or Mac OS 10.10, Apple‘s upcoming update to the venerable OS X. It comes out this fall, but they, in an uncharacteristic move, opened up the beta to the general public. I was too late to join the million-strong rush (it wasn’t exactly open-open, mind you—they still had limits), but I felt like joining in about a month into the trials.
Careful of not screwing up my current working installation of Mavericks, I partitioned my home drive and got me an extra drive that I couldn’t care less about; I can jettison the whole partition and get back the blank space lickety-split, anytime I wanted. I didn’t care about it; it was just a test thing.
The websites advised me to create a 20GB partition, but I told myself, what the hey; let’s make it 50GB! Damn process took an hour or two, though.
Then I tried to download 10.10, which was a total bust the first few times. I got me several copies of the latest updated versions—but they were only that—updates. It was a whole afternoon and several error-filled tries before I realised I had to get the main OS first, and THEN get the damn updates. (I was wondering why Update 3 was only a gig.) The main Yosemite version was 5GB, and it was evening before I downloaded the thing completely.
I installed it on the partition, and it went smooth as butter. Then I installed the updates so my version would be up-to-date, and then tried it out.
It was fantastic. The new design was spot-on perfect; the system, the icons, the fonts were all arresting (within reason), and I finally saw what everyone was talking about.
I spent the rest of the evening getting my setup working the way I was accustomed to, and loaded it up with the barest minimum apps that I could live with—and still had 35GBs of free space to spare: I got Pages on there, Twitter, Beamer, VLC, Vuze, Ples Media Server, AppCleaner, and a whole bunch that would get me by in a pinch.
This version of Safari would take some getting used to, but on the whole everything was basically the same, only prettier. I set up several spaces to fit the apps, and rearranged and slimmed the system down from the default configuration.
It still being a beta, there were a lot of quirks I had to deal with, like my mail accounts refusing to register, and the occasional lockups and hangs, but I think I got it licked now. I booted up into Mavericks this morning so I could do my daily routines, but I’ve since booted up into Yosemite and I think I can stay for a few days or so; I got most of it running fine, if just barely.
Did I say I didn’t care about this partition? Heck, I’m starting to. I got it running so that if I were stranded without my Mavericks config I could survive on Yosemite.
I’m actually writing this entry on it now, and I feel like I have a whole new computer!
I can’t wait for the release!