User Joshua Allen Holm wrote a review of the PC-BSD, a desktop operating system based on FreeBSD. He reviews everything from the installation, AppCafe, documentation, to the Lumina Desktop Environment. Follow the link below to see the full content.
When my journey into the world of open source began in the mid-90s, the easiest way to get installation media was to buy CD sets from online stores and have them shipped to you. Being interested in experimenting with different operating systems, I always bought the giant bundle that included all the distributions. Debian, Red Hat, Slackware, SUSE, and several now defunct distributions were include for me to play with, but the bundles also came with installation discs for the various BSD distributions (FreeBSD, NetBSD, and later, OpenBSD).
Joshua’s PC-BSD review: https://opensource.com/life/15/12/bsd-desktop-user-review-pc-bsd