Originally Posted by BenRoethig
Apple has done the beta thing before. They really haven't had any reason lately. None of the OSX division have been radically different and they haven't screwed it up like Microsoft did with Vista. Microsoft has 7 out there as a beta as a way to redeem their image.
MS had an open beta for Vista too, I know because I downloaded Beta 2 and RC 1 from them.
Also, as another poster said, it's in MS' best interests to have an open beta, because their are so many different configurations out there.
Oddly enough, I hated Vista in beta, but was probably one of the few that liked it in RTM, but then again, I was comparing it to XP when it went to RTM in 2001.
With Apple, since I'm not sure what they're really up to with SL, I have sort of lost interest, with Win7 coming out soon, and the fact that I can test it, for free.
But I'm sure when SL drops, Apple will have a page up, touting "300 new features", and I will then have to decide if it's worth the $129 upgrade. It's hard to make an informed decision, when you actually haven't heard much about said product, other than Grand Central and OpenCL, which mean absolutely nothing to me right now.