I'm really curious on eComStation.
1. What is its advantages over Windows XP?
2. And will it run flawless on my thinkpad T60?
3. Is eComStation opensource, or do you have to purchase it?
Here is some quick answers on your 3 questions regarding the T60 and ecomstation:
Let me mention a few more things:
eCS (and OS/2 ) is a multi-threaded system. i.e. You can run more than one program at a time. I mean run no merely have open. I have, on occasion, had seven programs open, five of which were actually executing. While that is unusual, it can be handy at times. Any time I've tried running more than one at a time in Windows (W2000 pro or XP), it has crashed.
In the 10 years I have been using OS/2 and, subsequently, eCS I have only once had a crash so severe that it was necessary to "reload" the operating system. (The crash was caused by me doing something stupid after a bad piece of software hung.) However the "reload" consisted of formatting my boot drive and un-zipping my most recent backup to it. I was back up in about 15 minutes with no loss of data or software.
I currently have APL2, ZTree and SeaMonkey started and mem shows 1.3GB free of my 1.5GB total. I tried the Windows XP mem on a fresh boot and it claims there is only 610MB free. I have no idea what it is doing with the rest.
There is much else I could say but suffice it to say that after 10 years I am running the test version of eCS 2.0 and have only three applications for which I am (so far) forced to use windows.