Here we go...
Due to UI problems I had with 2.49 I've decided to install the latest dev version. I've downloaded the tar.bz2 archive from blender.org, extracted it...
The readme.html inside the archive says
Linux, FreeBSD, Irix, Solaris: Unpack the distribution, copy the .blender directory from it to your home directory. Then run the Blender executable.
Install scripts by putting them in the .blender/scripts inside your home folder.
1. There is no .blender dir in the archive (even though I have "show hidden files" option checked)
2. 2-Clicking on the blender executable included in this archive does nothing.
Can anyone help me out.