It seems Apple listened to the wave of critique, introducing ‘aesthetic tweaks’ and Dock-on-the-side alternate mode (via Macrumors);
(Tiger on the left, new Leopard dock on the right) I must say this had me sighing out loud. What a relief that our input hasn’t been completely unheard. Just a few more days to the next big cat, fortunately!
Edit; show Apple how much you liked them listening to you and digg this
Edit 2; Thanks to Brendan for the comparison image of the Tiger dock.