Two modified Ubuntu distributions that are aimed specifically at Blender were released this Month: Blender-boot and BlenderBuntu.
While I'm not sure why you should choose these over a standard Linux distribution, I think the effort in itself is interesting.
Hello, Im proud to announce that the first open source operating system is in development. That's right, An OS thats built for fast booting, fast shutdown, but most importantly fast renders!
Its a full fledged OS built on the famous Ubuntu, and the (not quite as famous) LXDE, combined with many many tweaks to create the fastest operating system designed for blender users that has ever been released (im not making this up either)
In a comparison with windows 7 (the most popular operating system out there) BlenderBuntu rendered a scene 44% faster! 23m 17s for win7 and 13m 10s for BlenderBuntu.
- It has a stripped down optimised chrome web browser (chromium for those that are familiar)
- AUTOMATIC updates of blender (currently 2.6.3) which will update itself whenever a new build is available)
- GIMP photo editing suite.
- screen recorder for those that like to make tutorials.
- Ubuntu software center just incase you want to expand the OS to suite additional needs.
- A lightweight and user friendly but lightning fast desktop enviroment.
- File manager.
- Full suite of libre office
- A text editor and a terminal.
It has over 100 packages removed from the default ubuntu OS and just the programs that a modeller needs without all the rest weighing you down and slowing down your renders.
For more information and download, head to the BlenderBuntu website.
Editor's note: after some initial discussion, BlenderBuntu can now be used completely free of charge, and the license has been corrected to GPL.
Blender-boot is designed to be a dual boot Linux distro. It boots straight into a light enviroment with Blender already open. Its has Dropbox and UbuntuOne for saving your files to open easily in your main operating system. It has Blender 2.62, Gimp 2.74(with single window mode), Guake terminal, Chromium browser and more. Its based on Ubuntu for ease of use and the Software Center has been left in, for installing more applications if you want to. Its a distraction free resource light distro designed with Blender in mind and fast rendering, I hope you enjoy it. Lots of how to`s will be on blenderboot.blogspot.com soon.