great review, but dammit if you don't love everything Monday, October 29, 2007
As far as I see it, Apple is trying to encourage people to dress up their desktops with fancy backgrounds, and considering the level of transparency that's always existed in other always-on-screen elements like the dock (if you don't hide yours like me, that is), I think it plays well into the overall look of the new desktop.
To everyone wandering over here from the review, to John himself, and all the new menu bar haters out there, I say this: after using 10.5 for a few weeks continuously, go back and use a Tiger system for a bit. I can almost guarantee that the most striking difference you'll notice won't be the old dock, or the old window styles (though those will be still be surprising, too): it will be that flat white menu bar glaring at you from the top of your screen.
(In all honesty though, no one manages to cover all the most important - and contentious - points in an OS review like Mr. Siracusa does. If you only read one Leopard review, it damn well should be this one... it's from Ars after all, so you know it'll be worth your time.)