I've been using the Blender PPA which recently updated to 2.79. However, I want to remain with 2.78c for a while, but I'm not sure how to get it from the PPA (or even if I can, or find a deb file. We're using Ubuntu 16.04.

I can get a zip file from Blender.org, but I'm managing a lab full of computers with puppet and I've got mass install of deb files figured out, but not from zip...

Is there a Blender 2.78c deb file somewhere for Xenial or Debian Stretch?

Edit, the closest I've found is 2.78a: https://debian.pkgs.org/9/debian-main-amd64/blender_2.78.a+dfsg0-4_amd64.deb.html

  • $\begingroup$ If i can understand you clearly you want to install on your computer Blender 2.78c ? $\endgroup$ Sep 11, 2017 at 17:49
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, but not from the zip file (because I don't know how to install from zips on a lab using puppet) $\endgroup$ Sep 11, 2017 at 17:53
  • $\begingroup$ Do you use Software-center Application your computer ? $\endgroup$ Sep 11, 2017 at 17:58
  • $\begingroup$ If you use it just search for blender and you will find it $\endgroup$ Sep 11, 2017 at 18:03
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    $\begingroup$ Best place to find such things is usually google or any other search engine. Here is one result for example: debian.pkgs.org/sid/debian-main-amd64/… $\endgroup$
    – cgslav
    Sep 11, 2017 at 18:21

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I ran into the same problem last night. Fortunately, I found a copy of the original 2.78c package in my apt cache. Here is my solution:

  • purge any existing blender installation (via apt-get) sudo apt-get purge blender
  • add the ppa Thomas Schiex sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thomas-schiex/blender; sudo apt-get update; (Do not install blender from there directly. It would install 2.79 again, which we do not want here!)
  • download the 2.78c version of blender manually from here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4SAG_u19QW3RnhGYk5tU3kxekE (I would prefer a more official link to a working package here, but I found non.)
  • install the package via gdebi (assuming you downloaded to /home/$USER/Downloads): sudo gdebi /home/$USER/Downloads/blender_2.78c~1487946787-0thomas~xenial1_amd64.deb (dependencies are resolved from ppa Thomas Schiex)
  • Finished! Enjoy your 2.78c version of blender again.
  • to prevent from automatic updates, set the package to be unmodifiable: sudo apt-mark hold blender

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