Every computer/modded pseudo-gaming system I have ever owned has run some version of the original Quake at some point. It’s a classic game that I have beaten in single player mode a countless amount of times and have invested an insane amount of hours in the multiplayer side of the game (I’m embarrassed to even come up with a number of hours total). The original Quake is one of those first person shooter games that I hold near and dear to my heart. I get nostalgic every now and again and that nostalgia leads to me installing the game on whatever PC/laptop that I’m currently using to bank some more hours into the game.
Besides the nostalgia factors of wanting to play the game, another reason I absolutely love the game is that the hardware requirements for playing the game are very minimal. Because of this, I can play Quake on almost anything that I ever come across. I currently use an on old Thinkpad X23 as basically a netbook. The X23’s size allows me to carry it anywhere without it being a burden during travel. I currently run Ubuntu 9.10 on this 8 year old laptop without any issues. This laptop runs a Pentium III 800 mhz processor with only 600 MB of RAM (the processor is pretty obsolete by today’s standards). But, it’s still good enough to play Quake. For me, that’s awesome.
Quake on Ubuntu is very easy to get going:
1.) Install DOSBox and the SDL-Net lib from apt
sudo apt-get install dosbox libsdl-net1.2
2.) Download and copy quakespasm to the /usr/local/games/quake directory
sudo mkdir /usr/local/games/quake
sudo cp quakespasm /usr/local/games/quake/quake
3.) Download the Quake shareware zip from idSoftware and run it in DOSBox
cp quake106.zip quake106/.
Now, run DOSBox from the command line: dosbox
In DOSBox, mount the folder where the unzipped quake files are and run the install:
mount c /home/usernane/Downloads/quake106/
Install the files in whatever directory you want (probably will be C:QUAKE_SW). Wait until it finishes. Now, at this point, you could run Quake straight from DOSBox, although it’s not really optimal for graphics and sound (but, in my case runs just fine).
NOTE: If you want to run DOSBox in full screen mode, press Alt + Enter
4.) Copy quake files to /usr/local/games/quake
sudo mkdir /usr/local/games/quake/id1
sudo cp /home/username/Downloads/quake106/QUAKE_SW/ID1/PAK0.PAK /usr/local/games/quake/id1/pak0.pak
Linux Quake requires (most) filenames to be in lowercase. If you get an error similar to “Error: W_LoadWadFile: couldn’t load gfx.wad” it means the game can’t find the data files, possibly because they are not all lowercase. Make sure you have the subdirectory “id1” (not “ID1”) containing the files “pak0.pak” and “pak1.pak”.
There you have it. Enjoy some original Quake on Linux!