Newb Unbuntu user - how do I install quake (idiots guide required)

Asked by Steve Marquis on 2020-02-09

Can anyone give guidance to a newb Ubuntu (on version 19.10) user please, a link would be good, a how-to even better.

I spotted Quake and thought that would be good to run but I can't figure out how to make it happen. I see there are downloads in the Ubuntu Software app but they require this package. How do I figure out what I'm looking at and how to install it. It would be great to understand how to make that a repeatable exercise on future upgrades.

Any help appreciated, I'm an ex-techie but totally different platform.

Many thanks

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Steve Marquis (steve-marquis) said : #1

Perhaps I should say I'm an old CP/M, DOS and windows user so the command line doesn't trouble me. I've also used commercial IBM stuff but Unix is a new environment to me.

bernard stafford (bernard010) said : #2

On Ubuntu 19.10 bottom Left of screen on dock open (show applications) --> In the search bar on top type: quake
This will give you a various amount of game choices to install. Each one is a Snap package which you can install and launch.
Right click the icon and save it in your favorites. To remove is just as simple, select remove.

Steve Marquis (steve-marquis) said : #3

Thanks Bernard,
I've done that but you have to install the game-data-packager package separately and it's not clear how you do that.

I've tried...

steve@steve-HP-ENVY-TS-15-Notebook-PC:~$ sudo apt-get install GameDataPackager
[sudo] password for steve:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package GameDataPackager

no luck there

Here's the info from the game...

Quake is a classic first-person shooter game by id Software, released in 1996. This package contains a launcher script and menu entry to play Quake with any suitable engine.
To make this package useful, you will need to create and install the non- distributable quake-registered or quake-shareware package, by using the game-data-packager package.
Creating quake-registered requires data files from a Quake installation or CD-ROM.
Creating quake-shareware requires the shareware version of Quake.
game-data-packager (>= 29) can also produce packages for the official mission packs Scourge of Armagon (developed by Hipnotic Software) and Dissolution of Eternity (developed by Rogue Entertainment). Additional menu entries should appear automatically if those expansions are installed.

website: which is confusing as that looks like the wrong distro

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #4

The package to install is named "game-data-packager", not "GameDataPackager".

sudo apt-get install game-data-packager

I assume that after installing the package you have to insert the CD with quake2 and prepare an extra data package with the command
sudo game-data-packager quake2 -p quake2-full-data /media/cdrom
or something similar.

bernard stafford (bernard010) said : #5

In the Ubuntu Snaps within the list for Quake are: Quake spasm (An engine for iD software's Quake)
Yamagi Quake II (An enhanced version of id Software's Quake II provides the engine)
Quake (I/II) Tool kit - Provides CLI tools required by Quake map creators and modders
Quake-mode Drop-down mode for any application.

These are all listed within the snap list under quake.

bernard stafford (bernard010) said : #6

One of the Snaps is : Quake- Shareware (will install the shareware installer)

Steve Marquis (steve-marquis) said : #7

I think snaps are new to me, thanks, now for a bit of research starting with

I'll report back...

Steve Marquis (steve-marquis) said : #9

Thanks Bernard

Steve Marquis (steve-marquis) said : #10

I can't figure this one out, I need to go back to school. There must be an ubuntu for dummies book somewhere! I need some basic c&c info on ubuntu.
I'll go and have a look about and see what I can find.
Cheers folks

bernard stafford (bernard010) said : #11

To install snaps : click on the snap that you want to install --> Click the Install icon --> After Snap installs click on the Launch Icon.
This is all their is except you my want to restart your computer after installing.
You will need to Install :
Quake II
Quake spasm
Yamagi Quake II
Quake (I/II) Tool kit
Quake- Shareware
Install all of these for the game Quake.
System Requirements for Quake II
Processor: Intel i3-3220 or AMD Equivalent. Memory: 8 GB RAM. Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, or higher. Storage: 2 GB available space.
Be sure your computer has these system requirements for the Game Quake II.

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #12

If you need basic information for getting used to Ubuntu, you might look at

Steve Marquis (steve-marquis) said : #13

Thank you Manfred.
This is quite frustrating for someone who (is probably impatient,) happily sideloaded op systems/apps into android phones back to programming in machine code and assembler on old mainframes in the dark days! :D
Let's see how long it takes to climb this learningycurve!
Take up the slack, climbing!

PS thanks for all the support on here, you're a lovely bunch who I hope to join pdq.

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