Today I am re-installing FreeBSD 5.3 RELEASE. The reason for this is because I did not install the BASH shell with the first install, and that minor annoyance is probably keeping me from using the BASH shell on any users that I create. I am also configuring some other items a little bit differently. I anticipate that I will have to re-install a few more times before I get it the way that I want it.
With this install, I am not installing a boot loader, but installling the standard MBR, which should lower the options that have to be decided when booting, decreasing the time involved. I'm also installing the whole package list, everything on the CDs is getting installed. I'm going to try out the X Window system with FreeBSD to see how user-friendly it is.
One item to note at this point, (I'm installing the software right now, just finished selecting additional packages), is that after you select 'install everything', you still have the option to select more. There are several pre-selected package sets that you can opt to install. Each package set is profiled for a specific user or purpose from minimal to everything. I have selected everything for this install, which did not install everything. I even had to go in and select BASH for installation, which is one of the main reasons why I have opted to re-install (see above).
I'll post an update later with the details and how the X Server is working.