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Posted 22 August 2010 - 07:06 PM
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The goal of a beta program is to collect information regarding the performance, quality, stability, and functionality of new products in order to iron out the bugs before they are released to the general public. If you choose to use a beta program, you use it at your own risk.
After an initial round of in-house testing, software publishers often release new programs to be tested by the public. These pre-release versions are called beta software, usually denoted by a "b" in the version number, e.g., Netscape Navigator 2.0b5. Since the publisher couldn't possibly test the software under all possible conditions, it is reasonable to expect that wider use of the software may uncover problems that were not discovered during in-house testing. The publisher expects to be notified when users find such problems so that the program can be fixed before its official release.
In general, you should expect to run into bugs whenever using any piece of beta software. These bugs may range in severity from minor features that don't work to problems that cause your computer to crash. You should decide whether the benefit of new features in a beta program outweighs the risk of program instability before choosing to use a piece of beta software. You should also be aware that UITS will not have thoroughly tested beta software, nor will the software be guaranteed by its maker, so you should not expect the same level of support as you would receive for an official release version of the program.
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Posted 22 August 2010 - 07:36 PM
Posted 23 August 2010 - 01:51 AM
But I rather enter all my private information then come and complain once someone exploits the browser!!!![/sarcasm]
Just so everyone is aware, I must add the BETA advisory for those who may forget:
Please note that this program is a pre-release beta version of a product and not completely tested to ensure its stability or reliability.
Posted 23 August 2010 - 06:18 AM
Edited by computerxpds, 23 August 2010 - 06:21 AM.
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Posted 24 August 2010 - 12:06 PM
Important Note: At the moment of the writing of this article, Greasemonkey is really actually incompatible with Firefox 4.0 beta, and continually opens up the homepage with a never-ending list of tabs. The same goes for quite a few extensions that we tested, though some of them worked fine. We’re pretty sure they’ll be updated very soon.
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