Quake on Linux

I always wanted to play Quake(2,3) on Linux. I like that game. I even bought a windows version of that game when I used to use windows earlier.

On, Yoper, DRI is working, so next obivious thing for me was to install quake(2, or 3). As I do not have that Windows quake2 game cd with me, I decided to install demo version of the game.

I downloaded quake2 demo, installed it and it complained about "default.cfg".

I thought when I just have to install a demo, why not try quake3 demo.

As I am totally new in Linux gaming. I started with a quake3 RPM package. Some rpm did not install because of unmet dependencies, while others were installed but gave some error starting. I think same "default.cfg" error. I was because I did not have pk0.pk3 file.

Then I searched some more and downloaded "linuxq3ademo-1.11-6.x86.gz.sh" which is 40+MB installation file for quake3 demo. After downloading the file, when I tried to run it, "Checksum Error".
UPDATE: check this post. He has something interesting to say aboout "checksum error"

I downloaded again(and again) from different servers (http://www.3dgamers.com/games/quake3arena/, http://www.bluesnews.com/files/idstuff/quake3/linux/linuxq3ademo.shtml etc.) using several download methods (ftp, http, wget, Kget ....), but all the files gave same error. I still wonder if all the linux demo available on the net for quake3 are corrupted files!!!

When I was just about to give up.
I thought of downloading windows version and running it with wine and guess what it worked :-)
Finding windows version of quake3 on the net was very easy. The command I used were as follows
#apt-get update
#apt-get install wine
#wine q3ademo.exe

wow Q3 installation started!!!!
After installation, to run quake3

#wine quake3

It works fine, without a flicker. Happy gaming.


ninja said...

Hey, got to your blog via the comment you made (10315583) in the yoper thread on slashdot.

I play q3/osp often -- after all these years...:) -- and it's easy to install the maps/textures off the windows cd (see zerowing.idsoftware.com/linux, or a mirror, or google "linux install quake3"). I can't imagine why the linux demo wouldn't work :/