Beta Life

Back around the turn of the century, when I was much younger and more foolish, I wanted to be on the bleeding edge of software updates. If there was a beta version for something I used, I wanted in. This started with Microsoft’s Windows 2000 beta program and carried on right up until the second beta of Windows XP’s third service pack. The reason I stopped was because I’d grown tired of the instabilities and excessive re-installations. I wanted something that I could “trust”. It made sense to stick with the public releases of operating systems and core productivity software, and stick I did. When Windows Vista launched, I stayed on XP and watched. This proved to be smart. When Windows 7 came out and people loved it, I stayed on XP and watched, choosing to wait until the first service pack was released before taking the plunge. This caution even carried forward for Apple hardware, as every device has run only official versions of its operating system.

But this changed today when, for reasons that amount to impatience, I installed the most recent betas for the upcoming version macOS 10.15 and iPad OS 11.1. Did I need to put these on mission-critical hardware? Technically no, but this will make development with Swift UI far easier going forward. There are a number of little projects that I’d like to write, both personally and professionally, and this just seems like the right time to do it.

The notebook and tablet have been running their respective test versions for the last couple of hours and, while I’ve yet to really push the devices, they feel solid and a tad faster than when running the previous OS. Hopefully this means that some efforts are being made to make the software better for people using older devices.

Let the testing begin ….