Blender: The Best 3D Animation software hands down.
When open source was first making it’s debuted in early 1991, the proprietary software firms mainly Microsoft went on the offensive with their propaganda campaigns comparing free software to communism 🤣. One of their most crazy claims was that open source software can never be quality software because no good programmers would work for free. Here we are today some 30 years later and I wonder where those people are now when 87% of the internet’s servers run on Linux an open source operating system and not because the server owners like google are broke but because it’s the best OS for the job.
You will see why i say ‘Blender: The Best 3D Animation Software’
There are many programs apps and servers we use daily and because we grew up with them we take for granted that they are open source, programs like VLC, Apache (which runs 78% of websites) and Da Vinci Resolve which is the industry standard Color Grading and video editing Software that Hollywood uses. Yes open source is the best thing that human beings have given the world because it takes a collaboration of brilliant people to make software that impacts the world like this.
But we will hear about all of these apps later on in future articles this one is about blender. Blender which was initially only for Linux is now available on Windows Linux and MacOS and there is a download link for each at the bottom of this post but before you download it, below is a video that was made with blender so you can see just how good it is then we will look at system requirements.
- 64-bit dual core 2Ghz CPU with SSE2 support
- 4 GB RAM
- 1280×768 display
- Mouse, trackpad or pen+tablet
- Graphics card with 1 GB RAM, OpenGL 3.3
- Less than 10 year old
- 64-bit quad core CPU
- 16 GB RAM
- Full HD display
- Three button mouse or pen+tablet
- Graphics card with 4 GB RAM
- 64-bit eight core CPU
- 32 GB RAM
- Full HD displays
- Three button mouse and pen+tablet
- Graphics card with +12 GB RAM
Supported Graphics Cards
Always make sure to install the latest drivers from the graphics card manufacturer website. These requirements are for basic Blender operation, Cycles rendering using the GPU has higher requirements.
GCN 1st gen and newer. Since Blender 2.91, Terascale 2 architecture is fully deprecated, try using 2.90 (albeit not supported, it might still work) [list of all AMD GPUs]
Haswell architecture and newer. [list of all Intel GPUs]
Version 10.13 or newer for Intel processors on supported hardware. Version 11.0 for Arm-based processors (Apple Silicon).
Download Blender for Windows, MacOS and Linux
Installing Blender on Linux
Open up Terminal use this shortcut to make it easier (ctl + alt + t)
sudo apt update
sudo apt install blender