|Ready to take the plunge?|
I took the reasonably prudent course and installed Yosemite on a second, smaller partition. That was, itself, a bit of a trial. Or, several trials. I opened up Disk Utility and attempted to create a new partition. And I locked up my computer. So, I quit everything, and tried again.
And I locked up my computer.
Then I booted into Recovery mode. The first time, it almost made it, but failed on the “shrinking disk” process (which, as far as I can tell is a defrag). Then next time failed later, and the “shrinking disk” part was quicker. I rebooted, and tried again. Somehow, in the multiple reboots, despite my clicking the “Cancel” button (as in “do not reload my applications”) each time, Safari and Chrome decided that I really wanted to load them. And the whole thing hung up.
Finally, I rebooted, waited for Safari and Chrome to launch and quit, and then I gave it one last try. It succeeded. Now I was ready for the installation.
I did try to leap past this and use an external drive that had plenty of room on it, but it wasn’t suitable due to a formatting issue. In any case, after I tried the external drive, that’s when Disk Utility finally made a 50Gb partition on my hard drive. I was ready to install Yosemite.
The installation went pretty much like every other OS X installation I’ve been through. At least, every one since they moved things to the App Store. Of course, I still remember when new systems came on floppies. Mac System 6 was something. Multifinder! But I should get back to the 10.10 install.
I clicked through everything, deciding not to import any of my settings, though I did connect it with my iCloud account (but not iCloud Drive). None of my iOS devices are on iCloud Drive (because it’s in beta), so for that I need to keep with iCloud. That means my frequent workflow between laptop and iPad (with occasinal detour to iPhone) will be interrupted.
My e-mail and photos are not making the trip the the beta. The last time I had a problem with my e-mail, it took a couple weeks to sort everything out. No way. I got the install done, and that was it for the day. I had tied up my computer for about four or five hours for the whole thing.
In order to do anything with Yosemite, and get an idea about using it, all I’ve opened are those four applications, two of which I’ve loaded from the App Store. (I did notice when I right-clicked a file, that it gave me the option of opening things with all the applications on my computer (all the ones on the other partition). When I tried indicating Byword, it actually launched the copy on my main drive, so I just quickly closed it and dragged my file to the icon in the dock.
Onward to looks: Yosemite is the cleanest looking Mac interface ever. It just looks great. I love the new flat buttons. The general appearace is sharp and clean.
So far, I haven’t run into any problems, but I’ll let you know if I do. I can’t wait until I’m using it all the time (which should come pretty soon). I will probably add applications on a daily basis, although the two applications I tend to use a lot (Mail and iPhoto) are not making the trip.
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