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we can all understand hesitancy after Catalina...I am looking forward to reading what early adaptors make of it.
i downloaded Big Sur today and i don't have any problems (but have only tested all apps for only a few hours).
i didn't clock the entire download but it took about 30 min to download then about 20 minutes to install.
its solid on my machine (MacBook Air 2019; 16GB memory 1.6 Dual i5).
its a release that reveals small differences from Catalina very gradually. but i like the visual appearance very much. (there are mega-long threads on other boards that debate this).
its crisp and sharp and more visually unified than Catalina.
all apps open very responsively with no lag.* Safari is (as is proverbially described) snappy.
none of my apps needed re-arranging - it left my format/appearance changes in tact across all apps.
its the first time (since around Snow Leopard) that apple Mail has been solid on an initial release.
it appears to me the big changes are under the hood including making it less different from iOS devices as apple integrates its hardware-software even more using ASi.
lastly, the startup chime is back ! a little bit different from the former chime. a slightly deeper but softer sound. i like it. setting is available to turn it off if not wanted.
*nb: Rhino 3D has some issues on this initial Big Sur release i have read elsewhere.