FreeBSD is a great operating system. It's fast, reliable, and you have superb control over all its features. Here are some resources that may help you as a fellow user.
I have written some HOWTOs:
- Installing FreeBSD on a Thinkpad R50e, which happens to be my personal notebook
- Using the BPF device
- Using gnokii to manage a Nokia 6300 mobile phone
- Using K3b with FreeBSD
- Using the Microsoft Windows 7 (or Vista) Boot Manager to boot FreeBSD
There are also some FreeBSD-specific posts from my blog (the list is generated automatically; most recent posts are displayed on top):
- Building a FreeBSD NAS, part III: ZFS
- Extracting audio from DVD images
- Building a FreeBSD NAS, part II: Base system setup
- Building a FreeBSD NAS, part I: The hardware
- Solving an installation error for the awesome window manager
- IPv6 with FreeBSD and m0n0wall
- Wine + CUPS
- SSH tunneling for web surfing
- Some notes about Xorg 7.4, libxine and CUPS
- Running SAP GUI for Java under FreeBSD
Send me any feedback you've got.
Some projects that involved FreeBSD:
- Some notes and pointers for using a Soekris 4801-50 as an über-router
Apart from my home workstation, I also run FreeBSD on my laptop, an IBM ThinkPad R50e. There are no significant problems with FreeBSD 7.2.
Despite my best efforts, I still won't consider using a fully-fledged desktop environment such as KDE or GNOME because they are too complex for me. Not complex in terms of bloat (quite the contrary: It is called a desktop environment after all, so what do people expect?), but complex in terms of "I don't need this feature and this program" or "I don't know where the configuration files for this thingy are located".
- I want to know where the configuration files are.
- I want full control over my desktop environment. It is called personal computer for a reason.
So, as long as there is no great alternative, I am going with the Fluxbox window manager.
You should try some of the following applications:
- exfalso & quodlibet