PC-BSD is easy enough for most people to use, as long as you've got solidly supported hardware, there are rarely "big" problems to deal with.
Originally Posted by randomboy
i normally use windows for openoffice, rip tracks off a CD, play dvds, play mp3s, surf the net, email, chat. can i do all that stuff easily with pcbsd?
I would suggest building a more detailed list of your needs and research the software available. For example, while you can surf the web perfectly fine on PC-BSD, some sites that require Flash8 or newer, specific plugins (e.g. Yahoo Video) rather then capabilities, and "Internet Explorer only" sites may be problematic. Doing VoIP or Video Conferencing such as using Skype, is a bit sticky. If you require Flash9 and Skype, I would suggest testing Ubuntu or Kubuntu instead of PC-BSD.
Office Suites: KOffice (on CD2, in ports, in pkgs), Gnome Office, OpenOffice (on CD2, PBIDir, ports, and pkgs), and probably a few others in ports.
Ripping CDs: Should work out of the box with Konqueror in point of fact (pardoning any CD access issues with your hardware), many programs also capable of doing this, and there is also a cd ripper included if I recall correctly.
Playback of DVDs will work but you need to install a few multimedia/libdvd* ports to play encrypted DVDs -- the libraries are perfectly legal but the US-Based developers are paranoid, understandably.
MP3 support comes out of box in Amarok, Kaffine, and KMPlayer, many more players are available.
The default web browser, Konqueror is a decent web browser for surfing the web and will fill at home to Fire Fox users. Many other browsers avaiable, ranging from Lynx to Opera.
E-Mail is available via countless programs, the system ships with KMail.
Instant messenger work comes out of box with Kopete and others are available.
After awhile, you might even build a list of common programs -- I have, along with automating most of their installations ;-)