How well did PC-BSD 1.5 work for me?
Pretty well actually. The system was stable, I had few problems, except for the fact that I always had to run PC-BSD in safe mode. I wonder what the difference between starting up normally and starting up in safe mode is? I also managed to fail in installing the Nvidia graphic driver, so I was unable to take any screenshots of playing a video or DVD.
I was able to find enough programs to get some use out of BSD. I went to pbidir.com that are easy to install since all you have to do is double click on the PBI file to install it, which is much easier than dealing with a tarball.