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There are two ways to start a Linux dedicated server. If you intend to play on the same machine, or are using a machine that has X11 and GL installed, you can use the full "quake3" binary as a dedicated server, either from the commandline or from within the Multiplayer menu. If you select a dedicated server from the menu, the engine will shutdown the menu graphics as soon you start the server, and you will have to use the console window to access the server. For Linux installations that do not have X11 installed, you can also use the "q3ded" server which is available for installation from the CD. This binary does not require X11 or GL, and will start in dedicated mode. You can use the same command line options as with the full binary.
Binary package “quake3-server” in ubuntu bionic
So I decided to write this blog post for anyone out there that wants to run this really old, but still really cool game as a dedicated server. The reason this came about is my boys today wanted to play online games with me, specifically on my XBOX One. I wanted to re-live my glory days when I was my oldest age and have a LAN party. Like you, they were wondering what that was. Let me enlighten you.
I wanted to introduce Q3 to my kid and the easiest solution would be to just go online and download Quake Live from Steam I remember trying QL when it was playable through the browser. Read on to learn how I was able to host multiple Q3 servers with different mods on a single virtualized Ubuntu Server I am running Q3 server instances on a Ubuntu Server Ubuntu tutorials has an excellent guide for installing Ubuntu Server But it quickly came to my attention that the Q3 scene has gone in many directions. But thankfully to the Open Source Community, updates have been made making us able to enjoy Q3 on the latest and greatest hardware.