Originally Posted by iaeen
I don't think anyone here can ethically answer those questions. We are all dealing with Beta software that we don't have extensive experience with. The whole point of the beta is so that testers can run into unknown problems. The only one qualified to tell you whether or not it is stable enough to be used on a main machine is Apple, and they have already given that answer. the people you rate attacking are simply trying to do the right thing by not lulling the OP into a false sense of security.
Well there are many people here who have been using the beta since it was released at WWDC. They would know how well the beta runs and can give an impression. We can assume (not always) that since this beta is a newer build, it might have even less issues than the DP4 beta released earlier this week.
Apple doesn't say whether it is or isn't stable enough to use as an everyday machine. They do say they recommend you backup your system or install it on a second Mac. I have used many OS X betas where Apple has said the same thing and most have worked fine for everyday use.
I downloaded the public beta, but I cannot install it at the moment due to the fact that one of drives has died in my RAID, so I cannot backup my system. So I was just being curious to what some people thought about it. I never expected that question to be answered right away. I can always come back tomorrow and read responses. Unfortunately, a few people responded by lecturing me on something I am already well aware of, rather expressing an opinion that would've been a proper response to my question. Again, I never asked if it was okay or safe to install the OS.
Mature, proper responses to the question would've been along the lines of,
"I downloaded it and tried it ... I wouldn't recommend that you use it as an everyday system ... way too many issues and kernel panics"
"It's great! Love the new interface. Runs much faster and smoother. I did notice a few issues though, but nothing major, so far."
That's all I was looking for. There's no need for ethics here. If someone is stupid enough to come on here looking for advice and then installs the public beta over the top of their existing OS without following Apple's recommendations (backing up or use second Mac), then tough. Don't come on here bitching and whining about. No one wants to hear it!