I'm Fujilives, and I LOVE using wordpress for designing things for friends, family, and even work! BUT... one of the core things that made me continue using wordpress all this time is the Ozh admin dropdown menu - it really made navigation feel "complete". I could zip through things very quickly, and as a result, I was able to develop and deploy projects of my own without hating having to do administration. With 2.7 Ozh is very likely stopping production of his dropdown admin plugin - this means either I have to develop my own (I dont think I could ever do it nearly as well as Ozh did - if at all!) or wait for a new dropdown admin menu in order to use 2.7.
I've really given wordpress 2.7 a good shot on a couple different installations, and I cannot get used to the side-menu for the life of me. I think what's been done with the dashboard is a very cool thing, but I just can't work with a side menu like that!
I guess what I'm getting at is, there were several corrections to former-issues in wordpress 2.7, some of them revolving around familiarity of "older style" wordpress releases. It seems like all of the panels in the Dashboard can be freely moved around and that is fantastic, but then, why can the side-menu not be drag-and-dropped to the top, and have it function like the oh-so-popular ozh admin dropdown many of us know and love? This is what I am asking for - not that the changes be "reverted" but simply that the option is provided to freely "choose" much like the rest of this "crazyhorse" is geared towards customization and choice.
One more thing. I don't want to sound harsh, but - The "favorite action" dropdown panel now found at the top-right, in my opinion, shows "awareness" of slow navigation. Why would I need to dropdown-favorite something I can get to in the same speed and thought process as hovering over a dropdown on either the minimized-side-menu or ozh-style-top-menu? It's the same process already implemented for no real gain - it just comes accross as a toy right now to fill that extra space, like it's just more clutter on the admin screen!