Tried the FreeBSD DVD on my system last night, I got the operating system installed and the Gnome 2.30 desktop up and running, but I could not get the Intel graphics driver to work with my i3 CPU and Gigabyte H55 motherboard. I guess there is not as much support for this distribution as there is with Linux. I have it installed on a separate hard disk and I can come back to it when I have more answers. I like the installation of packages from the command line, where you type
for example and the dependencies for that package are installed. That is better than installing packages from the CD with a rpm based distribution. The FreeBSD release 8.1 is a very good operating system, it needs more support to be able to work on a modern system like mine, I do not use a gaming graphics card, I only use the integrated graphics and I am happy with that. I just expect a Linux or Unix OS to work on it in 2011. But if Ubuntu continues down the road it is heading down and continues to suck, then I would recommend people use BSD instead, even that would be better. The new Unity desktop sucks and is not the best thing, the Wayland desktop will also not be the best thing, with a new untested replacement for Xorg, the unfinished Btrfs and the aforementioned Unity desktop. They need to focus more on improving the Linux OS rather than copying the Mac OS desktop.
I have tried the demo of Gnome 3.0 and I was underwhelmed by the overall feel of it, I prefer Gnome 2.30. But a 64bit FreeBSD UNIX desktop with Gnome 2.30 would be practically perfect, I would love to run this desktop and it would not be too hard to port software like Yadex to UNIX. Apparently only one person was porting the Intel graphics driver Xorg modules from Linux to UNIX, showing that more people need to care about the UNIX operating system. I will stick with Arch Linux X64 and OpenSuse 11.3 x86_64. I cannot understand why people still run a 32bit operating system for Linux when the 64bit operating systems run so well, I have got the 64bit Flash plugin working and it is very good indeed.