apparently it's not a graphics issue as much as it is a missing package in, most notibly, mandrake 9.0
A bug has been reported to icculus.org. The initial reporter of the bug was able to get everything working again by choosing the same packages, during installation, that another linux machine had installed that had a working copy of UT 2k3 installed and now his works fine also.
SO, it's just a matter of time before the file or files that it's looking for to create a single player profile without crashing are identified.
Thanks for all those of you who have helped me out with this one.
Last edited by HunterA3; 10-07-02 at 06:14 PM.