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Apple announces OS X Beta Seed Program, opens beta testing to everyone

By Himanshu Arora ยท 6 replies
Apr 23, 2014
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  1. Apple on Tuesday opened up OS X beta versions to the public in general. The Cupertino-based company announced the OS X Beta Seed Program, which allows anyone with an active Apple ID to download and install a beta version of OS...

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,270

    Yeah? I wonder how many people who download it just out of curiosity will breach Apples NDA... probably 99.9%.
  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Yeah I really dont understand how they can enforce that NDA after opening it up to the public.

    I would download it but this is my main computer and I dont want to run beta software on it :(.
  4. Opens up Beta testing for everyone...

    ...tells them they can't disclose information about it.

  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +419

    I don't think they intend to try to enforce it. I'm sure if some blogger is drawing unwanted attention to some features/bugs and generating a lot of traffic out of it then Apple may send a C&D. For the common person, word of mouth type stuff I'm sure Apple isn't going to attempt to police that, and I'm sure they knew this before making it public. This just gives Apple the option if someone gets out of hand.

    There aren't a whole lot of OS X users anyway, and even fewer that are going to sign up for this. Plus this seems to be for 'beta' releases, there are still other releases that are more exclusive (not public) that is where the real NDA and enforcement is.
  6. I waited to install 10.9 until most of the bugs seemed resolved. I'm surely not going to install a beta version. Updating already takes some time, but reverting is of course even worse. Still, there can be a few sysadmins and similar people that can muck about it with it.
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +419

    I began the install last night just before I went to bed. Will try it this evening and see how it goes. Made a full time machine backup of my system before enrolling in the program, so if all goes to hell I'm not out anything but restoration time.

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