FreeBSD and Half Life

Set up a Counter Strike server today on a spare PIII machine we had going (it just got replaced by a dedicated ADSL modem/router), decided to have a go with FreeBSD to see what it's like. Went for the 5.1 (cutting edge) version rather than the 4.8 (stable). At first it didn't all go according to plan, it got very upset by any mouse I tried (ranging from randomly selecting setup options and exiting, to rebooting the whole PC), and I wasted an hour or so trying to get X-Windows to work. Eventually gave up and re-installed in console mode. Also wasted an hour messing around with firewall settings before it ocurred to me to try another network cable...


Then spent a while trying to get HL 1.1.1.1 installed, because the built in install script was for 1.1.1.0. Eventually faked it by updating the Makefile manually, then downloading and extracting a patch release to give me the shared objects I was missing. After that it was plain sailing, Counter Strike worked perfectly from the standard install script provided in FreeBSD, added metamod, amxmod and poxbot and port-forwarded through the firewall for all the world to see!