Steven Rosenberg has written up his experience with installing, tweaking and running FreeBSD 8.0:
Dru Lavigne made me do it: I killed Debian, installed an unbootable Ubuntu, now I’m running FreeBSD 8.0 with GNOME
I was listening to Dru Lavigne’s talk on BSD for Linux users (from SCALE I believe).
I first met Dru at SCALE 8x – that was last year’s show; I didn’t go this year. I’ve just been working too much, dropped my print column last October, and I’ve been running Debian Lenny since December and haven’t been in the distro hunt and done little but complain about Xorg sucking the very soul from anybody using Intel video chips that haven’t been made in the past year or so. (I have three such laptops, and the damage done by Xorg to uptake of X-based GUI-using operating systems among those with “older” Intel video-equipped laptops must be staggeringly high.)