The 8139 is supported - have a look at the HARDWARE.TXT file
on your CD or local mirror.
As for the merits of each BSD, here's a real brief summary: FreeBSD has the most users and support and is the 'standard' BSD most new users cut their teeth on. Performance rocks, lots of ISP's use it for high-network systems such as web and mail servers. NetBSD runs on almost anything with a CPU. And OpenBSD is a NetBSD derivative that focuses on security and cryptography, but still has a healthy supported platform list.
<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: Bruce on 2001-12-28 06:30 ]</font>