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To beta or not to beta

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Poll: To beta or not to beta (20 member(s) have cast votes)

Operating System?

  1. RTM and beyond Only (15 votes [75.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 75.00%

  2. RC Stage is as risky as I get. (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. Beta - I gave props to some, but others i dissed 'em (3 votes [15.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.00%

  4. Alpha - Im on the bleeding edge! (1 votes [5.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.00%

  5. Pre Alpha - Its not so bad once you disable error reporting! (1 votes [5.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.00%

Drivers / System software

  1. Latest Stable Please! (14 votes [70.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 70.00%

  2. Beta but only its not too new (1 votes [5.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.00%

  3. Beta - I gotta squeeze 3 more frames per second out of this rig (3 votes [15.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.00%

  4. Alpha - Because I can (1 votes [5.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.00%

  5. Pffft!! Noobs. I write all my own drivers from scratch in notepad! (1 votes [5.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.00%

Applications / Games

  1. I'll take the fully tested version. (12 votes [60.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 60.00%

  2. Beta - The betas been out for 5 minutes and youre still using last weeks build? whats wrong with you? (5 votes [25.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 25.00%

  3. Alpha - Its a dirty job but somebodys gotta do it (3 votes [15.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.00%

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Ok the question is in each of the categories above, what do you tend to favor the RTM, RC, Beta, Alpha, Pre-Alpha, etc

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For OS and service packs I go with RTM only. I really dont like beta testing that stuff.

For drivers I use stable release, except for NVIDIA GeForce drivers. Those I generally use betas.

For applications, its a mixed bag. For example I only use Firefox releases but I have no problem with Ad Muncher betas or the latest SMPlayer builds.



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Hell I use anything if it promises to be faster/better :P



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Unless you are an official beta tester, I've never understood installing the beta version of anything. :wacko:
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