I'm trying to open source my life. So now I installed ubuntu and will try to change all the programs I use to open source. Blender is already a long time friend.
So ubuntu downloaded blender 2.58 and I want blender 2.62. What to do? I downloaded the Linux version in blender's website but I dont know how to replace the old one with this one. And when I try to use the terminal and get the update it says I already have the latest version.
please be patient with a newbie!
Found a way!
Posting for anyone that finds the same problem:
At Ubuntu software center you can find "Synaptic package manager"
there I searched for blender and it showed me that the two versions were avaliable, 2.58 and 2.62, and it explaneid that I could "force" another version. So I did and it worked.
Althout I still want to know how I would reach this other version from the terminal... just to understand ubuntu a bit more.
No idea what ubuntu is using for a package manager, but for any platform, you can download the archive version of blender from www.blender.org
and simply unpack it into a folder and run it from there.
Or build it for yourself. Instructions are here: http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Dev:2.5/Doc/Building_Blender/Linux
As for installing the necessary dependencies, try this shortcut first:
|apt-get build-dep blender
Since that installs the necessary dependencies for rebuilding the distro package, it should also work for building source from SVN.
I've been looking all over the Internet to find a way of having a consistently up to date version of blender. This method I found installs it properly on Ubuntu and creates the correct repository which should mean it just updates itself from now on (Can't be sure of that though as no knew releases of blender have been released since I did it.
In the terminal
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:irie/blender
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install blender
got this from
if you want to look at that
Also, since I did this the renderer seems much faster than before