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Linux?

Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 1:29 am
by tsgfilmwerks
May I inquire as to how well blender works on Ubuntu Linux? I am looking into installing it on my laptop, and I would like to know if its worth the time...

Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 4:18 am
by stiv
In general, Blender is pretty funcional on Linux. With lame video cards, you can always fall back on software OpenGL with Mesa.

I *think* Ubuntu installs the evil compiz window manager by default. Do NOT use it as it plays poorly with OpenGL apps. Other than that, you should be good. Actual Ubuntu users can probably provide more details.

Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:58 am
by drdespair
Linux is actualy the software of choice from my point of view for Blender. With the right graphics card, and optimization builds you can almost half the Windows render times.

The Big Buck Bunny project environment was Ubuntu if I remember correctly.

Re: Linux?

Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 10:47 am
by joeri
tsgfilmwerks wrote:May I inquire as to how well blender works on Ubuntu Linux? I am looking into installing it on my laptop, and I would like to know if its worth the time...
All Blender Institute movies are made on Ubuntu Linux.

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 12:21 am
by tsgfilmwerks
In terms of graphics cards, I've got a GMA X3100. Would that be appropriate?

Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 11:44 pm
by tsgfilmwerks
Update: It worked! Kind of!

I installed Linux on me MacBook (finally a decent system...), and blender runs so smoothly!

...and so transparently!

The 3d panel, as well as the background of every other panel, are transparent. Now, by itself, I find that pretty impressive. However, it can get kind of distracting seeing the windows beneath blender. Has this error been encountered before?

By the way, when I press "p" to start the game engine, blender closes. (Not like OSX freezing & disappearing, but like Ubuntu normal window-closing)

Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:47 pm
by stiv
Transparent window backgrounds suggests someone is using a compositing window manager like compiz or such. Not recommended with Blender.

Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:57 am
by tsgfilmwerks
stiv wrote:Transparent window backgrounds suggests someone is using a compositing window manager like compiz or such. Not recommended with Blender.
I didn't understand any of that.

Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:16 am
by kidb
tsgfilmwerks wrote:
stiv wrote:Transparent window backgrounds suggests someone is using a compositing window manager like compiz or such. Not recommended with Blender.
I didn't understand any of that.
Do not use compiz.
Turn compiz off.

Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:03 pm
by tsgfilmwerks
kidb wrote:Do not use compiz.
Turn compiz off.
tsgfilmerks wrote:How?
Never mind, a google search led me to an answer. Probably should have looked in more detail to one of the first posts...