Doper opinions on freeciv?

My copy of Civ IV/Beyond the Sword is buried deep within a storge unit right now, but I have the itch to play.

I see there’s this thing called “freeciv” based on CivII but with elements taken from CivIII.

Is it any good?

Also, where else do you recommend that I get my 4x kicks–for free?

I installed it on my desktop, but so far can’t be asked to figure out the rules. It looks ok.

can’t be asked? What happens if someone tries?