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Date:      Wed, 27 Jun 2001 15:27:27 +0200
From:      "Karel J. Bosschaart" <karelj@wop21.wop.wtb.tue.nl>
To:        Micke Josefsson <mj@isy.liu.se>
Cc:        FreeBSD Questions <questions@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD ? What kind of OS is that ?
Message-ID:  <20010627152727.A90130@wop21.wop.wtb.tue.nl>
In-Reply-To: <XFMail.010625084501.mj@isy.liu.se>; from mj@isy.liu.se on Mon, Jun 25, 2001 at 08:45:01AM +0200
References:  <000201c0fa93$1c2076c0$0e00000a@tomcat> <XFMail.010625084501.mj@isy.liu.se>

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On Mon, Jun 25, 2001 at 08:45:01AM +0200, Micke Josefsson wrote:
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> 
> I would only recommend Linux to someone who definately NEEDS it. You can't run
> Quake 3 Arena on FreeBSD:(
>
In fact, you can if you're lucky... I'm playing Q3A and Unreal Tournament in
FreeBSD and a bunch of demo's available from Loki games. Installation is 
mostly quite easy, but the problem is the hardware acceleration you need
for most games. XFree86-4/DRI is still in development for FreeBSD 
(see http://www.teleport.com/~anholt/devel/dri/ for actual status) and
you'll also need some extra linux compat stuff to make linux binaries 'see'
the DRI. I could play Q3A with Matrox G400 in XF401 and 402, but for games
I'm mostly using my Voodoo2 cards (in SLI mode) as they are very easy to
setup in XF3 as well as XF4, using the Linux Glide 2 driver. 

There are some quirks though. Sometimes sound is lagging behind (as for 
example in the recently released Rune demo), and with the latest -STABLE,
sound is gone in Q3A (not in the other games). Workaround is to use OSS.

The Loki Demo Launcher is pretty cool and works well in FreeBSD!

BTW, some time ago Loki announced that they support playing their games
in FreeBSD's Linux mode. I don't know what's up with that, as I don't see
any reference anymore on their website. Besides, I think it would be limited
to the game itself, not to setting up your hardware which is the most difficult
part. 

Regards,
Karel.

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