I will admit right now that I was very reluctant to download 10.5.8 (as earlier posts prove) but I’ve updated with the Combo Updater to 10.5.7 and then to 10.5.8 and I’m very happy with the results.
Overall speed seems to be improved, and Safari 4 works particularly well now. My computer reboots flawlessly and I find saving files over a network is more responsive. This could be the “carwash effect” which says that a cleaner, newer OS performs better.
However, I wonder if my CS apps are having a hard time with it? They seem to crash a bit more frequently now that I’ve upgraded, though I do have CS4 demo installed (to be removed in T-minus 5 days, ack!) so that might be part of it.
MacFixit.com articles on Mac OS X 10.5.8 issues is a great collection of issues. If you are having trouble with 10.5.8, go there first.
Many issues have to do with users trying to move system items and applications around in an effort to customise their experience. Try to avoid this and I think you’ll find OS X works really well.
Leave me a comment and tell me if you love or hate OS X 10.5.8 and why.