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Help Installing Blender


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#1 RandomUser

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 02:14 PM

I've just started using Xandros Desktop Linux, which seems friendly for the most part. However, I'm no aware of how to install programs that aren't packed on the companion CD. I've recently downloaded Blender in a "tar.bz2" file extension. it's my understanding that this is Tape Archive, compressed with bzip2. My Default shell is the BASH. Apparently bunzip2 is NOT availeable in my Version of BASH. I used the shortcut menu to extract the file to "usr/local" where a directory has been created and the blender.exe now resides.

The file does NOT run when I double click it. Is this b/c I have to compile the program or create the necessary dependencies? Is blender NOT compatable with my version of linux?

Any thoughts?

All suggestions greatly appreciated

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Posted 01 January 2007 - 04:30 AM

i just installed this the same way you did and it runs ok. so i'm thinking you may need to use the other version. there's 2 versions. the static and dynamic. i would say maybe try the other version. if it created a directory then it extracted and installed ok but it may mean that your computer may not be capable of running whichever one you downloaded. or it may mean that xandros may not have correct libraries to run it. i don't know for sure i'm just guessing. but try the other version. which one did you install? static or dynamic?

http://download.blender.org/documentation/...stallation.html

The difference between the dynamic and the static flavour is important. The static build has the OpenGL libraries compiled in. This makes Blender running at your system without using hardware accelerated graphics. Use the static version to check if Blender runs fine when the dynamic version fails! OpenGL is used in Blender for all drawing, including menus and buttons. This dependency makes a proper and compliant OpenGL installation at your system a requirement. Not all 3D card manufacturors provide such compliancy, especially cheaper cards aimed at the gaming market.


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Posted 11 January 2007 - 11:13 AM

Hey I appreciate the info. I should mention that the DYnamic version is up and running on slackware and OpenSuse, so I'm thinking that it's user error within Xandros, I'll let you know when If I can't get it running.




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