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Wednesday, December 6, 2000

ToddH on Q3:TA and Linux

id's Todd Hollenshead made a post on the Quake 3 World forums explaining why a Linux binary will not be on the Quake III: Team Arena CD:
Windows will be released first and might be simultaneous with Mac, although I honestly expect Mac to take a tad longer. At this point, we don't have any plans to have distribute a Linux verison on a CD. No offense, but it's a support nightmare due to the multiple flavors of popular versions and ever-changing kernel, retailers don't want it, and the Linux Q3A sales were disappointing. So the commercial reality is that the Windows version will go to retail and Linux will be available via a binary download pretty soon thereafter.

We know there are a lot of Linux fans out there and there will be a Linux version (probably "unsupported", however). But the performance of our Linux SKU's at retail have really left a binary patch as the only realistic option of providing Linux users with a version to play on. Going forward, I fully anticipate that we will continue to push the platform in the hopes that one day soon Linux will be a viable platform for retail commercial entertainment software distribution.
id has always been a big supporter of Linux gaming, but unfortunately the numbers just aren't there. Thankfully, the download will be painless enough :) Thanks Linux Games.

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