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I am pretty sure that the Quake 3 demo was released for Linux first and my memory is that this was an intentional move by Carmack to promote Linux [1].

1. Wikipedia lists the release dates for the full game, which were in Dec 1999 for both Windows and Linux (windows a few weeks earlier). I don't recall exactly when the demo came out, but I think it was sometime in the winter of 1999.

Wow, I'm old. I would never have guessed that Q3 was released in 1999. I was more thinking 2005...

Quake 4 came out ~2005/6, IIRC.

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