Blender 2.71 is the latest stable release from the Blender Foundation
To download it, please select your platform and location. Blender is Free & Open Source Software
Blender 2.71 was released on June 26, 2014
The release logs for this release can be found here.
Official test builds for the upcoming 2.72 release are now available.
Also check the release logs for 2.72 in our wiki.
$ md5sum -c blender-2.71.tar.gz.md5sum
To install Blender, download the appropriate package for your platform.
The Windows version comes with an optional self-extracting installer,
for other operating systems you can simply unpack the compressed file to the location of your choice.
Provided the Blender binary is in the original extracted directory, Blender will run straight out of the box. No system libraries or system preferences are altered.