I don't like it, looks more amateur-like to me and feels like they've put in acres of advertising space. But I'm a miserable sod, I don't like change unless I instigate it! Looks like they've just brought the style into line with the slightly different news article format.
I suspect the boards will be quieter for a few days while we adjust to it, then we'll forget it's ever been different.
Although it's annoying that you can't see on the 'summary' page who made the last post - I won't remember what day/time I read a reply or how many there were, but I'll probably remember if I've read someone's opinion.