Thought I'd make this post and link to it for people that wanted to know the system requirements for Ensign-1. As we don't have many resources for buying and testing on computers, this is just a rough outline.
*2.0+ GHz cpu
*decent OpenGL compatible graphics card
(at least NVidia 8600+)
*500Mb of RAM
On Linux you'll need the English character encoding LANG=C
If not default, this can be achieved by running Ensign with
If you're looking for a demo of the engine, I suggest you try the Helena The 3rd demo, as that uses a very similar engine.