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9:34 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

The Quake3World forums are still hopping with more posts by id Software members, answering questions about the upcoming release of Quake 3: Team Arena. We brought you word earlier this week that id mentioned there might not even be a boxed Mac retail version of the game; Mac users would just buy the PC version and download the Mac application from the id web site. Now it looks like this issue is still up in the air, with id's Todd Hollenshead mentioning the possibility of a Mac SKU in a forum post. The thread is actually concerning the lack of a Linux version, though it mentions a possible simultaneous Mac release as well. Here's the scoop:

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.
Not great new for Linux fans, but Mac users might be heartened by a possible retail version of the game. We've contacted id and will bring you any word we might hear from them on this subject.

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