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Berkeley System Distribution (BSD) is is a series of Unix releases developed primarily at the University of California at Berkeley but incorporating code from hundreds of contributors at universities and research laboratories worldwide.
The BSDs are genetic Unixes, not trademark Unixes. They are open source.
FreeBSD is an advanced operating system for x86 compatible, DEC Alpha, IA-64, PC-98 and UltraSPARC® architectures. It is derived from BSD, the version of UNIX® developed at the University of California, Berkeley.
I've used it before. I'd say its best feature is the "Ports" system (from which Gentoo's Portage was not surprisingly based) which allows you to easily install software from source from a huge repository. I'd say it's much easier to install than Gentoo, but it is definitely *not* for anyone who's afraid of the command line. In fact, many people don't even install XFree86 with FreeBSD.
And plus it's got that adorable mascot, Beastie the FreeBSD Daemon