I loved brushed metal. It was so new and flashy.....
In OS 9.
Today we paid our final respects to OS 9 but the awkward remnants of Platinum plus (as I like to call it) still linger. Aqua is the way to go. our windows don't need the brushed steal border because we have (at the price of very many CPU cycles) shadows!
Your new iChat makes me sad that it takes up so much space. Look at Adium or Omniweb. The content of the window goes all the way to the edges but it doesn't matter because shadows on the windows below it allow us to decipher the edge. iChat has conversation bubbles plus brushed steel border. I want to be able to have iTunes in maximized mode without looking like some Microsoft Windows corner to corner, full screen application.
I don't like themes and this is what brushed steel has become. I don't even get the choice to apply it to all my windows, it just gets put on my core set of apps that I use daily.
Make things logical again. Stick with one UI so that new folks to the system aren't wondering why some windows have no title bar and can be moved by the edges while others all look the same.
1 ghz pb w/ 768M RAM, 10.3.latest (usually). Yeah life is good.