since debian does not really "like" the ppa way, what is the best method for installing a more recent build of blender??
I don't use Blender, but it seems the best options (in general, for getting more recent versions of packages) are:
1. Build from source.
2. Download a .deb from the developer and resolve any dependency issues that come up.
3. Build from source.
ok, so i can simply (try to) download and install the .deb locally??
or i need to unlock sid repositories??
also, the archive available on blender.org should work when unpacked, i could try that, the only question is where should i unpack it..
i am on crunchbang at the moment (11) but also need to know how to do this on pure wheezy (will be a render only machine) and it should be more or less the same?? right??
the documentation that i could find on this, official blender wiki included, does not seem to offer a unified clear solution, partially because of the fast development and also the fragmentation of the linux world.. so..
if anyone has experience with this, please write..
wintermute; last time i tryed, was just unpacking to some folder in my user dir.
Download the .deb package from debian.org and then just unzip the folder. Use dpkg or Gdebi to install the package and that's it. If it complains that it needs more packages from Experimental then you have to do it another way.
My personal solution, using Sid with Experimental sources enabled.
I know this is a bit late, but you don't need to "install" blender. It is basically a portable app, with all the python included. Just d/l the latest version and unzip to a dedicated directory eg blender266 then run the executable. When the next version is released, d/l that to eg blender26whatever - you can run as many versions as you like it seems.
Don't tell my boss, but I've got the windoze version on a usb stick so I can play with it at work
i am aware of all that, thank you though..
there are advantages of having a single, latest and properly integrated build in your system, in my opinion..
especially for bigger projects..
Was that genuine chat?
PS Update of damo and the work pc - he's not going to run blender on usb anymore, cos the machine froze on Saturday and he had to do a power-off-and-reboot before anyone noticed Bl**dy M$