My honest opinion is that Avid doesn’t do updates as often as companies like Adobe and Blackmagic, so waiting for a “More Stable” version is basically waiting for their next release in 6 months, at which point, you will be worried if this is a stable version…
If you wait two years to start using the 2022. (.10) version of Avid, you will more than likely be using the same quality that i’m using today. Although far from perfect, I find Avid’s releases quite stable. They don’t really to ask their customers to do beta testing on their software releases, unlike others.
I do run windows, and I believe that helps in this situation…less Apple OS version gotchas to worry about. 2022.10 has been rock solid for me, as was the last version I had loaded, which I think was 2022.4 I don’t think i even looked at 2022.7 as it didn’t really offer anything new for me. Does it crash? Not very often, but it has…so does Resolve, so does Premiere…it’s software, it will crash at some point. If i was to load up a two year old Avid, would i be less worried about crashes? No, but i’d be more worried about a lot of the newest features that have been implemented.
If your computer is up to spec, download the latest version and give it a go. It has been a rare occurrence that I have downgraded my Avid. But, if you need to, you can with no real penalty.