It's different. Not horrid, but different. I'll definitely state that much.
But, instead of just leaving it there - some thoughts and observations.
After all, how can it improve if we all just say "THIS SUX!!!
DESIGNER IS SMOKING CRACK - WILL NOT USE! ARGHH!"
(spaghetti flies everywhere)
1.) Upon the theme/template being installed after the update the first run/install screen (w/ the T&C's) wouldn't load in FireFox. Just a blank screen. However, would load in Brave, Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi and (cringe) Edge. Did not test mobile versions. This was tested in Win10, Win11, and Fedora34 environments.
2.) By default, I think the sub-menu on the left should appear on first load. AND REMAIN
. As it did before. It now only appears after making a selection in the main menu. Previously I used to like to "hyper-scroll" to the bottom of the sub-menu, for say, the plugins.
3.) Kudos to the team for listening, regarding the previous concerns by others regarding the plugins section.
4.) Thankful that it isn't straight Jupiter/glass
like was probably planned previously. I appreciate the little in-line images/icons. That said, I think the same should be used on the left hand menu.
5.) Totally agree with @bellwood
that a GIANT move forward would be to allow "widgets" to customize the main screen. This would allow placement of our most used sections at first load. I think this would actually work as "virtual valium" for those that are currently absolutely losing it over the new design. (I'm not poking fun at those that are, it just is counter-productive IMO).
Those are just the things that immediately jump out at me.