Ingmar Franz (duerer)

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Blender under Linux

I've started testing Blender under Linux (Mint):

What are your experiences? Are there differences to Windows?

  • It's faster ;)

    I think the main differences are the Quit dialog button and some shortcuts that use ALT are in use by the OS, so you need to change the OS shortcut or the Blender shortcut.

    And the Terminal (which you might need for troubleshooting). On Windows you can access that directly in Blender and on Linux Mint you need to start Blender from the Terminal (which I recommend to do always) for instance like this:

    Right click on the Mint logo (menu) and select Configure:

    Go to Menu and open the Menu Editor:

    Select Graphics Applications

    Choose your Blender version

    Double click it or select Properties and check Launch in Terminal:


    • Thanks, spikeyxxx, for the tips 😀! I'm currently on a "Live System" so that every setting change gets wiped out when shutting down or restarting Linux. But I have Blender on a separate stick as portable version 😉. The number of useful programs that are already included in Linux (Mint) is overwhelming 🤗, only the most important is missing (guess which 😉)! With Windows, you have to buy these applications for a lot of money if you don't find a free alternative which you nevertheless still have to install separately. The "Document Scanner" also recongnized my scanner but for some reason didn't want to execute the "scan" command. Maybe it's because of using Linux as a  "Live System"? 

       I know that there is a way to set up a "Persistent Live System" (see for example here) but you need a running Linux system for that. The reason why I haven't yet uninstalled Windows is that there are some programs that aren't available for Linux. A "Dual Boot Installation" would help solving this problem but it would take away disk space from Linux and changing later to a "Linux Only Installation" needs some "special treatment".

    • Printers and scanners sometimes need extra steps to get them working, depending on the brand (you can Google that, forums for Linux are quite good for things like that).

      I definitely do not recommend dual boot! When something goes wrong at some point in time (and that is not unlikely), troubleshooting is hell, or even impossible.

      I still have an old disk with Windows 10 on it lying around, so I can swap  disks when I want to use Windows (which hasn't happened yet..)

    • spikeyxxx Shouldn't it be possible to install Linux on an external USB drive? I've already changed the "Boot Order" for my USB stick "Live System".

    • When possible, that would be slow. It doesn't cost much to try of course, but I remember that I tried that with an external SSD a long time ago and for some reason wasn't able to boot from an external drive. Don't remember exactly what the problem was...


    • Then is there another way to use "Windows Only" programs under Linux? I don't know whether this is possible, especially if it's about  commercial programs with a product key, 

    • There is 'WINE', but it doesn't work for all Windows programs. I personally don't have any good experiences with it, but for well known, popular programs it might be worth checking out.

      Another possibility is to use a virtual machine (Virtualbox is quite good).

      Or buy a cheap refurbished computer, so you can have Windows on one and Linux on the other.

    • spikeyxxx  Thanks for your help 🙂! Separate computers are certainly the best option. Everything else can work in some cases but often with great effort for a rather poor result.