Today I screwed up my courage and installed the Public Beta of Yosemite onto my iMac.
I know I wrote something about this before, and I have already installed a beta copy onto my iMac. But that was on a separate testing partition, and I kept my main Mavericks installation safe from the vagaries of of an OS-in-progress. I installed the barest minimum to operate OS X the way I liked it. Be it far from me to install a work-in-progress over my working configuration.
But Yosemite has gotten much better, and with Update 4, it approached a nearly-perfect state (well, beta state, but you know what I mean).
Last night, while performing for the nth time the act of rebooting to Yosemite, I thought, why not install the Public Beta that Apple released last week? It was based on Update 4, which made it a stable release indeed, and some sites said it was even better. Any why not install it over Mavericks?
Now it takes some cojones to install a beta over a fully working and tested system. The Mavericks system has been working for me for around a year, and it was a humming machine. It’s slowed down some, even if I maintained it every week, so it was a bit long in the tooth. But who needed to mess around with a working configuration?
I thought, me!
What the hell, why not?
So this morning I deleted the 50GB Yosemite beta test partition, and prepared myself to install the new OS onto my main machine.
I had a reservation for the Public Beta release and Apple was just waiting for me to download it. So I redeemed the software from the App Store—all 5+ GB of it, and it took me all morning (dammit). While waiting, I did the usual maintenance things on my Mavericks: getting rid of unnecessary things like system caches, correcting permissions and verifying the integrity of the main drive.
The download finished before lunch, so I got to installing the Public Beta after I had my meal, and it took me about an hour to install it. Then I had to download newer updates and Java installs, then made sure everything worked as usual. By around 2:30 I was through.
Now it’s a humming machine again. There are a few glitches, but I verified that everything works.
It looks wonderful now. The interface looks great; the fonts are perfect; and you can’t beat the snappy response.
Now, Apple better not mess this up for me until the actual release.