Just downloaded Blender 2.49a, 64 bit, on Vista and whenever I try to run it it throws an error dialog about the programs side-by-side configuration which apparently isn’t working. Does anyone know what this is about? How to fix it?
Blender’s responsibility is Blender, not the MSVC runtime. There are a lot of libraries that blender uses on Linux, but those aren’t included. Besides, as you say “It’s the feckin’ foundation for c/c++ programs built with MSVC” which means most people probably have it already anyway. Right? No sense bundling it up for EVERYONE when only a minority of people will need to download it. In which case the link right next to the Blender download should suffice, in theory.
Therefore I said “if”, I didn’t read the license. In any case, best would be to discuss this with the Blender Foundation, I guess. Usually they try to make things as easy as possible for users. I’m sure there are good reasons for doing things that way.