Much better than glest. Has metaserver/matchmaker and multi mod (tech tree) support. AI is better stepped. Weaker then Spring (5 ppl in multiplayer vs 50) in every way except maybe installation and art direction. Especially the econ management is pointless and tedious.
Glest Advanced Engine
A bit better than glest, ads bunch of in game features, but MEGA glest still better. Buggier.
Free small, dl, runs right away, looks nice. Warcraft 2: the os remake. The amount of effort required to set up the economy in game is prohibitive. Interface lags behind it's OS contemporaries like Warzone or SpringRTS. AI is either very weak or overpowered. 2 races with 10 units each; so in imagination and complexity is not nearly up to standards. But then there's MEGAGLEST and glest.org/glest_board/index.php?topic=3182.0 !! or the wiki of mods and mod.db.