Remember Tiger, the rock-solid Mac OS that looked as great as it performed? Apple recognizes the fact that Leopard is slower and less stable than its predecessors, which is why Snow Leopard is all about removing bloat and making it scream. I'm very excited at this prospect, because it isn't obvious how badly Leopard needs an overhaul until you go back to Tiger, as I did last night. After I installed Tiger from the discs that came with the PC, the first thing I noticed was how bright and inviting it was. The menu bar, with its bright white colors and aqua blue Apple and Spotlight buttons, looks so much better than Leopard's transparent, gray, depressing menu bar. I launched Safari, and brushed metal filled the screen. I recognize why Apple got rid of brushed metal in Leopard, but what I don't understand is why it became so much darker. Brushed metal's outsides were as dark as Leopard, but as the metal got closer to the center text it became lighter and much better looking. Not only does it look better, but it performs so much faster. I installed Office 2008, and am used to Microsoft Word taking at least 12 bounces to open. It is significantly faster in Tiger. I miss the pinstripes that are present every time an application isn't in focus. I miss the brightness of the multiple themes, disorganized amongst the many apps and yet coherent. I miss the color, the vibrance of the OS. I miss the rock-solid performance and the speed. I miss Tiger, dislike Leopard, and hope Snow Leopard takes one step backward before going two steps forward.