Evo sta izmedju ostalog kaze Eugenia, http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=5821&page=2:
"The ports tree --while time consuming when compiling a port and its dependancies-- it has its advantages. It is well-maintained and generally trouble-free (just not always as I demonstrated above). Linux solutions with Red Carpet, Debian, Gentoo etc., also have good results though today, so I don't see the FreeBSD Ports anymore as the big selling point of the OS. Once upon a time this was a big bragging point for the Linux/Unix folks, but today is nothing that would make any new user or "switcher" awe. Especially when there are not many binary packages to choose from, it can be a disadvantage to subject the time users long compilation times (e.g. compiling OO.o could take many-many hours as it downloads Java, Mozilla and other such monster software to compile them as dependancies).
The big advantage FreeBSD still has today is that it is not a bunch of kernels, then gnu utils on top and then a gazillion of other third party apps on top of that. The OS feels integrated, it is a system designed and maintained from the ground up, not like any random distribution. This is a major selling point and is what makes FreeBSD feel like a trustworthy product.
In my opinion, FreeBSD rocks as a server, but it is pretty poor as an "out of the box" desktop system is concerned. But then again, FreeBSD is a server system in its heart, a real Unix; it is just that I can't overlook the fact that they ship with desktop software and so this has to work as well as the system utilities and servers. I might sound like a mega-whiner here, but despite all these discomforts I had to go through again since my previous 4.x installation, extra work that the user has to do, and the occassional unexpected bugs, I still like FreeBSD."
Ja sam FreeBSD instalirao / probao pre 2 - 3 godine, zahvaljujuci specificnom i retkom problemu: u mom kraju je bio napravljen kablovski Internet baziran na HomePNA tehnologiji i kartice za isti su radile pod kernelom 2.2 ali pod 2.4 niusu a ja se u eventualno prilagodjavanje i slicne stvari nista ne razumem. Tako sam lutao od distribucije do distribucije i na kraju posegnuo i za FreeBSD-om i za divno cudo kartica je pod njim radila bez problema!
Od tada mi se dopada jer, kao sto i Eugenija kaze, prosto osecas da je to nesto sredjeno i ozbiljno, ali njegovo odrzavanje, doterivanje itd., daleko, daleko prevazilazi moje sposobnosti, pa ipak koristim "idiotik" distribuciju - Mepis. Mozda cu ga ovih dana opet instalirati na hdd, tek da me mine zelja i da mu po nekad pridjem.