A dedicated server and a native client. So in short, good news for all of those wishing to host their very own game server. a CD key is not required to run a dedicated server but of course a licensed copy is.
Installation Instructions Minimum System Requirements - GNU/Linux system - Pentium(r) 4 2.0 GHz or Athlon(tm) XP 2000+ processor - 512MB RAM - Kernel 2.4, 2.6 is recommended - glibc >= 2.2.4 3D acceleration ( not required for dedicated server ): - SDL >= 1.2 - latest OpenGL drivers, correctly configured - ATI(r) Radeon(r) 9700 - ATI Radeon 9800 - ATI Radeon X300 series - ATI Radeon X550 series - ATI Radeon X600 series - ATI Radeon X700 series - ATI Radeon X800 series - ATI Radeon X850 series - Nvidia(r) GeForce(TM) 3/Ti series - Nvidia GeForce 4/Ti series - Nvidia GeForce FX series - Nvidia GeForce 6 series - Nvidia GeForce 7 series Audio ( not required for dedicated server ): - sound card with OSS or Alsa support, stereo and surround sound are supported wth both APIss Alsa >= 1.0.6 is required for alsa sound backend Multiplayer: - Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported - Internet play requires broadband connection Installation instructions A licensed copy of Quake 4 retail for Windows(r) is required. You will copy the assets files from it and use the CD key. PLEASE NOTE: The Linux version of Quake 4 is NOT supported by Activision Customer Support. The following files must be copied from the install CDs  to your q4base/ directory ( md5 sums provided as reference ): If you copy them before running the installer you will need to create the paths, by default /usr/local/games/quake4/q4base If you copy after running the installer, make sure not to replace any paks the installer might have provided. a9f6a2e4bf8e193591954f75d1d39f85 game000.pk4 b201b914167f47061fa5f975af527122 pak001.pk4 dabe2c88e004198947431250e3f4ca1d pak002.pk4 8573f05af4c9568880cc464d06292079 pak003.pk4 12ff4006a7f7181ac16835d05c59905f pak004.pk4 3576213f4e00f06baf3cd5de089a538a pak005.pk4 aec7bb418b9a86256f9e5daee894dee2 pak006.pk4 0f53b4fb4df2c14fcd10012baf8b2f87 pak007.pk4 b099d75869f0ffcbcb8e5166374af345 pak008.pk4 cb2b44bf573559dc19b488d9e1e5bec3 pak009.pk4 d024073349dc917b4feab49e6abc417b pak010.pk4 98c854d94ce1da5272952b77821823df pak011.pk4 e77a2fda6656495d38773e05bbffda33 pak012.pk4 669d6d9a30b798d19434972475b98c53 zpak_english.pk4 2cabddd692e214c78c20a464da43f1ef zpak_french.pk4 4ee7eb637cde6bcfe3a9ffac5e4579dd zpak_italian.pk4 36eee38e6c2dce12986f7192a5a996e5 zpak_spanish.pk4 Note: the Linux installer will reinstall the game*.pk4. Note: the German version of the game uses a completely different set of assets. See the FAQ entry below for details. Start the game with the command: quake4 Start the dedicated server with the command: quake4-dedicated  - note that if you have the DVD release, all the files are in the same directory. Otherwise they are spread out on each CDs. For the DVD edition, the files are in Setup/Data/q4base
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