[Bf-committers] Static linux version, drop?

Mango Jambo moraesjunior at gmail.com
Tue May 26 20:06:30 CEST 2009

My 2 pence:
I am a Ubuntu user, and I always had problems (bugs) with Blender from
Ubuntu repository. So, nowdays I do install the repository version (to get
the mime type and menu shortcut working fine) and then I download the
tar.bz2, extracting to /opt and set the link /usr/bin/blender to
/opt/blender/blender (and blenderplayer either). That is it. Original
Blender version working better.
Oh, one last thing: and I do copy the .blender folder to my home folder,
cause blender deb makes a link for the/usr/lib/blender/.blender (something
like this).

So, for me, the tar.bz2 is working fine, cause I can download, extract and
use, like some windows softwares that come in .zip packages (like
blender.zip version for windows).
Autopackage could be an option like the blender .exe installer. I did use it
for inkscape in the past, and was really easy to install. And it was handle
cause it just copy to /opt (or something like that) and already set the menu
shortcuts and mime type
I know the subject is about Static blender, but why not change a static +
dinamic version to a tar.bz2 + autopackage version like we have for windows?
But with mesa lib include.
It is thinking in people who use Linux and want a fast traditional
installation from blender.org. For me, one tar.bz2 version  (with dinamic
and static option) is perfect.


Moraes Junior - aka mangojambo
3D Artist Animator

2009/5/26 Alberto Torres <kungfoobar at gmail.com>

> 2009/5/26 Ken Hughes <khughes at pacific.edu>:
> > * With so any linux distros out there, I don't see a practical solution
> > for supporting their individual package managers.  We would need (at the
> > least) .deb and .rpm packages in addition to the tar.bz2 files.   But
> > should we do this, we'll be "competing" with the packages users can
> > download directly for their distro and so to install blender from our
> > site they would need to uninstall blender that comes with their distro,
> > and if they later encounter a bug it's going to be confusing trying to
> > track its cause.  We would end up telling users to download and install
> > our tar.bz2 file to find the problem.
> Altough there are a lot of distros, most linux noobs (which are the
> ones that don't know how to use the tar.gz) use Ubuntu or any variant
> of it. As I said earlier, Ubuntu comes with gdebi, which pops out when
> the user double-clicks the .deb file and installs any needed
> dependency. It also replaces any previous version.
> The only modificacion of the blender package in ubuntu I'm aware of is
> a wrapper script which checks at startup if the ~/.blender/scripts
> directory is up-to-date and copies or links the scripts to that folder
> if needed.
> Replying to Cambell: Yes, I'm interested in making .deb packages. I'm
> not very experienced but I've done .deb packages in the past.
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