Originally Posted by rvamerongen
And true, this is not revolutionary, this should be 10.4.10, not 10.5.
The only thing that I am happy with is that the server version is changed a lot. They may call that 10.4.11
Leopard is the biggest update to OS X so far - Period! It has great under-the-hood changes and great usability enhancements. If we follow your logic, we should be at 10.0.65 or something. Most people agree that Tiger was a big improvement over 10.3. Leopard is even bigger.
BTW, the menu bar transparency is almost gone in GM (compared to what Jobs demonstrated at WWDC). I am pretty sure that there is a nice 'defaults write' command for both menu bar and Dock style. My advice - try it before bashing.
Whether it is revolutionary or evolutionary remains to be seen. Most people don't get it that the revolution is rarely understood immediately. Examples: mobile phones, www, iPod/iTunes (some may disagree here, but i think this duo changed the industry, although neither the iPod or the iTunes are something exceptional on their own), and even The Great October Socialist Revolution (1917) in Russia and the current economical and political changes in Eastern Europe were/are not well understood by the people in those countries. So is the EU, by the way.
I think that Leopard has the foundation for a revolution, and it is not in a particular feature. Most of this is in the underlying frameworks and new approach to common tasks. With Leopard you will need to actually open an application in some 30% of the cases you usually do. Most of the time you open Acrobat, TextEdit, Preview, Movie player, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Keynote etc. etc. just to read/view files. With Leopard, this concept is dead. You can select multiple files of different kind and view with Quick Look instantly
- see my previous post on my experience with this. And there is a lot more of course. You will not need/like all the new features but only a small subset will justify an update - Spaces, iChat theater, screen sharing, greatly improved file sharing, Time machine, etc. etc. - it is up to you.
There are still changes which did not made it into 10.5.0: the user interface is somewhat unfinished (remains of the Aqua buttons and scroll-bars), the resolution independence is not a user feature yet, zfs is read only (RW for developer testing). But most of the work on the low level is done.
I am pretty sure that after the first few hours with Leopard you are going to love it!