There have been lots of topics on the forums about how people hate the new dashboard, and apparently that would be 98% of people (according to one post). First of all, how do they know that? Because people on the forum are angry? How about the people who are satisfied and aren't visiting the forum? In any case, I would like to outline some points to help people realize the intentions of the new Dashboard.
1. Fonts and Colour Scheme: the orange colour scheme may seem abrasive, so, if you don't like it, simply go to Users, and under your user name switch back to the classic one. People are saying the font is too small, and this is understandable. A quick Ctrl + increases the font size.
2.Layout: people are complaining that the layout is not user-friendly. This is a blanket statement, and isn't providing any specific complaint. I find the dashboard to be VERY user-friendly. At first glance it shows me everything I need to know about my blog: Posts, Pages, Tags and Comments. It also lets me make a post right away if I so desire. If I scroll down a little I can see my stats right away, as well as incoming links. This means no more clicking back and forth between stats and dashboard.
3. Tabs: people are saying that they can't figure out how to do things, because of the different layout of the tabs. There is a simple cure, just take 5 minutes to go through them and you'll see that not much has changed at all. In fact, the only major change is that instead of having a dedicated "Edit" button, the title of the comment/post is to be clicked.
4. Bugs: IMHO, this is the ONLY complaint people should have. Bugs will be squashed, let's have some patience.
Let us not accuse WordPress of being heartless demons who are out to get us and don't care about our feelings. They run a company, they want it to be successful. Give them some time. In fact, it surprises me that people are making judgments to quickly. The dashboard is brand new, at least give it a chance! Come back in 1 week when all the bugs are fixed and complain then, but before that at least give it a chance.
P.S. My only complaint is the fact that the blog title isn't big enough.