Looks like the FreeBSD room is empty .
Aside, my first attempt at FreeBSD was out of curiosity - it was 6.0 in 2006. It was not quite a pleasant experience. After spending a considerable time, I had gotten almost everything to work, including Linux emulation. I had to put a considerable effort on almost everything. I had to change the default shell from sh to bash (may be I missed some install option) and set up PATH variables. Had to recompile the kernel to get audio working (and also some hi-resolution boot screen). Mounting and umounting an iso image (done simply in Linux by mount -o loop) required managing loop devices directly. And the list goes on. Filesytem support is abysmal to my liking - all my data used to be in ReiserFS 3.6 then, which did not have any support whatsoever - not even read-only. Ext3 support was also read-only I think. Bootloader and partitioning was non-trivial too. The package management was nice - both source (ports) and binaries. But again, ports felt nowhere close to portage (I use Gentoo). Overall, felt like an alien system. And there was nothing to gain there - either speed or stability or features. Speaking of features, I believe the driver support for various hardware is still small (tiny?) compared to Linux.
If it were my first attempt at an OS, I would have given up on first day. But thanks to my endless perseverance and tinkering with Slackware and Gentoo that at no point was I remotely close to giving up. So yes, use Slackware, Gentoo (and Debian) and become a man .