I switched from Windows to Linux, and Ubuntu didn’t suit my needs for a couple of reasons. I have successfully installed Debian GNU/Linux, and wiped Windows from my life (except in virtual machines I suppose). I have gotten most things working, except for my usb headset and getting blender 2.5x installed.
I installed Blender 2.49 through the software center that installed with Debian. I am not yet familiar enough with this new OS to update it to Blender 2.5 though. I searched around and was able to find a method to do this in Ubuntu (sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cheleb/blender-svn; sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install blender), but the command ‘add-apt-repository’ doesn’t work in Debian I discovered.
Anyway, I was hoping someone might read this with the knowledge to help out. It is much appreciated!
Try just going to blender.org, downloading the 32 or 64 bit version depending on your system, extracting the folder and double clicking the blender app inside. If you want official bleeding edge go to http://builder.blender.org/ or graphicall.org for user created builds.
You don’t need to install Blender, and you can have several versions that you just run from their folders.
You may need some libs, if it doesn’t run from the folder a forum search should straighten you out, if not someone here will
I don’t know the details since I don’t use debian, but you need to learn how to pull packages in from the sid (unstable) repository. You’re probably using debian stable which uses old packages. Instructions will be somewhere in the debian manual.