It's been a while since I last wrote something about nQuake in here. So I thought I would make an update, and reveal my latest plans!
I have some time over this week so I thought I would check out nQuake and see if there was anything that I could improve. The old "to-do" list told me to create an offline installer generator for nQuake, and after a moment's thought, I started coding. So let me explain what this offline installer generator does, and why it's a good thing...
1) Modem users can borrow a friend's connection to download nQuake
I understand the frustration from those who are still stuck with crappy connections and want to be able to download nQuake, and bring it home. This way they won't have to sit and wait for nQuake to download for 15 hours using their shitty modem. This offline installer generator will download nQuake and create the necessary files for a CD installer, allowing you to burn a Quake CD and bring wherever you go.
2) Spreading QuakeWorld will be a lot easier
This will probably piss some of you off, but this offline installer generator will make it really easy to create an ISO image of nQuake, allowing it to be easily distributed on torrent sites and through other p2p programs. This wasn't as easy before, but now it's just a few clicks away. It will be very easy to include pak1.pak in such an image.
3) Making a backup of your Quake will be a lot easier
After running the offline installer generator, you will have a folder containing a few setup files along with a data folder. In this data folder, you can add/remove/change anything you wish. This will allow you to create an "nQuake installation" that contains your config, your demos, your <whatever>. You can later choose to install nQuake using the installation program, or simply by dragging the data folder over to the harddrive and renaming it to Quake (or whatever). Doing the latter will allow you to avoid registry changes and start menu items, which I know some of you prefer.
4) Linux users might benefit from #2
Since creating ISO images or ZIP/RAR archives of nQuake will become such an easy task, Linux users can without much effort create their own backup CDs containing the appropriate binaries and whatnot. A Linux version of nQuake is planned and will hopefully arrive in time for Dreamhack!
EDIT: A Linux version of nQuake is now finished
Get it at http://...nquake10_installer.tar.gz
. A more official release will come shortly.
Well, that's all. Post any questions and I'll answer them.