After a lot of trials and experimenting I’ve finally given up and installed KDE 3.3 as the desktop I’ll be using on FreeBSD. It is by far the most rounded of the desktop’s I’ve looked at and offers the things that I wanted. The build took a long time but it got there in the end and it’s proving nice and stable.
I haven’t done much in the way of customising yet, but there’s more than enough time for that yet 🙂
I’m using Thunderbird and Firefox so all systems I use now have them allowing a nice common feel throughout.