Firstly, I realise this will probably be quite a controversial topic, but it is not my intent to start a flamewar - merely to have a civilised discussion about the pros & cons of Leopard, compared to other operating systems and compared to what we were expecting from Leopard. I've been reading quite a few of the posts and news stories around here and on other websites, and while it seems that Leopard does have some great new features like Time Machine (although for my personal use, TM isn't quite what I want, so I won't be using it when I eventually get Leopard) and Quick Look, there are also quite a few features that have been mentioned as a step in the "wrong" direction - the ones that have stood out the most to me are the firewall, new folder icons, the dock (although I've seen praise for this as well), the menubar and a few other UI things. So, do you think Apple has dropped the ball with Leopard and tried to make something that was too good but actually made it worse by changing things that didn't really need changing? I for one don't remember as much criticism about Tiger when it came out - I don't think I've seen this much criticism of an Apple OS since 10.0 was first released! My opinion, although I haven't used leopard yet - Apple have tried to keep up with MS in the "eye candy" department (dock, translucent menubar, etc), but have forgotten what made OSX so great to use: eye candy that wasn't "offensive". I do feel from looking at screenshots, and asking and reading questions here, Leopard is a slight step back, certainly for what I'd use an OS for.