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Yep, no pre-set class/stat/skill sets, you get X number of stat points to distribute as you see fit, Y number of skill points to do the same. The skill sets you choose to put those points into Solo (i.e. "Fighter"), Netrunner ("Hacker"), or Tech (i.e. electronics & mechanics) sort of determines your "class" in that whichever of the three skill sets you've invested most heavily in determines what you can do in regard to combat, hacking, or "MacGyver".
At the moment we have no indication that backgrounds have any effect whatsoever on stats/skills, it's purely a matter of (probably) starting contacts and perhaps "social class" (i.e. Corp, street, nomad, whatever) and personal life history (former cop, corp, military, gangster, etc.).I'm not sure if it's modified by background or not, to be honest. For now, all that's been confirmed in that regard is that backgrounds have an impact on the game's story... Not sure if it has an impact on actual gameplay or stats.