Apple dropped a bombshell earlier this week by announcing a public beta program for OS X users to get in on. Previously only registered, paid up Mac developers were afforded this privilege but now Apple has flung the doors open and allowed anyone to join up. So, are you joining the new OS X beta program?

On the face of it, it's really exciting. Normallly you're required to pay for the privilege of seeing the new stuff, and Apple hasn't before given us this kind of opportunity free of charge. So why wouldn't you want to join up?

Our own Peter Cohen has explained 5 reasons why it might not be the best idea, too. Not least because beta software isn't ready for the primetime by its very nature, so you should tread with caution before you install on your everyday machine.

So, have you thought about joining up? Drop a vote up top and leave us your thoughts in the comments below!