Spontaneously I decided to install FreeBSD on my machine. I still had an unused 50G partition so I thought why not.
I can't yet say that I am extremely impressed which shouldn't be a surprise since I didn't configure anything yet. At least installation itself was a snap and appearantly even most of my hardware has been properly recognized. FreeBSD however was a little too ambitious with my video card. Starting X results in something miniaturistic...looks like it tried the maximum resolution which is ridiculously small really.
But I am excited! Reminds me of the good ol' days of installing and configuring Debian in little steps: soundcard, making X run, then the hassle with a modem internet connection, afterwards the TV card, upgrade to DSL etc. But it might be harder on FreeBSD...I am rather clueless where it keeps all of its files. Currently I don't even have a scroll-back buffer on the console (but an odd mouse pointer: instead of the white square that I know from Linux under the console, FreeBSD comes with a nice little arrow that looks funny and unexpected on a console).