Well, here I am on the PCBSD machine.
WOW, it is so cool. Smooth and so east to use (thanks in part to KDE I think, which is a fabulous DE). Only difficulty I am having is that the cursor left key is broken, so I need to think about buying a new keyboard and fitting that.
I'm also thinking now of ditching Ubuntu 12.04 - it just isn't what I am feeling at the moment - from the 17" Acer and either going for OpenBSD or Gentoo.
I must be a masochist...