April 30, 1999, 4 p.m. PT
Who would have thought that Linux would become the OS of choice for a Quake player? Days after releasing the Mac version of the Quake III test demo, id Software has made the Linux version available on its official Quake III Arena page. Additionally, the software to run a Win32 server has also been released.
The release of the PC version of the test demo is imminent, although no date has been announced. If you're a frustrated PC gamer who would like to play QIII Test this weekend, perhaps it's time to learn how to install Linux. CNET has an invaluable Linux Topic Page that can guide newbies through the process.
Those using Windows machines can also get a head start if they wish to run a Quake III server. The Win32 server software is now available for downloading. However, it does not allow players to play the test demo on a Win32 machine; it only allows the computer owner a chance to run a dedicated server for the game.
Finally, for Mac gamers, there is an update patch for the Mac Quake III test demo. Several fixes have been made, including improvements pertaining to networking stability, device scanning, general speed, memory checking, and sound latency.
Download for Linux! (q3test-103-glibc-6.i386.tar.gz, 22MB)
Download the Win32 server software! (q3test_server_win32_x86, 22MB)
Download the QIII Test update for the Mac! (macq3test_1_03_update.bin, 0.6MB)