I just installed Blender and noticed my screen looked a little different from the tutorial video, so I checked my version and the Linux discovery page had grabbed me 2.79... Okay, so I tried downloading straight from Blender's site instead. But when I went to open the install file, it kept telling me that Ark could not open the file. I am like, a total Linux noob and having trouble Googling this. Can someone help me figure out what plugin I need or otherwise explain why my window looks so different from the one in the tutorial???

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    $\begingroup$ What distribution? $\endgroup$
    – brockmann
    Oct 11, 2019 at 14:27

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Before you install Blender 2.80 verify that your system meets the minimum requirements.

Since you're unfamiliar with Linux, I'd suggest you download the archive version. First check if you're using a 64 bit or 32 bit operating system. In case you don't know, either take a look at the system information in the system settings or open a terminal and run:

uname -m

If it returns x86_64 you're running a 64 bit OS, 32 bit otherwise.

Then download the appropriate version and extract the archive:

Navigate into the extracted directory and find the file named blender. That is the program you need to run. An alternative to the archive version is to install Blender through Steam.

In case these instruction aren't detailed enough, please leave a comment which states what Linux distribution you're using.

  • $\begingroup$ Someone in meatspace ended up helping me use a PPA to download the latest Blender. I appreciate the help anyways. $\endgroup$
    – H. L.
    Oct 12, 2019 at 22:45
  • $\begingroup$ You're welcome. Would've made step by step instructions with screenshots otherwise. $\endgroup$
    – Robert Gützkow
    Oct 12, 2019 at 22:59

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