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My son, using an old laptop, has been working hard at learning blender. He now works on more complex scenes and his computers are unable to render quickly on their own. I found out about the netrender addon and wanted to pool together a couple old computers laying around.

The basic structure consists of a

  • client
  • master
  • slave

In this case

  • Client = His laptop
  • Master = My old laptop with an i5-2520M and 8GB RAM
  • Slave = The same laptop as the master, plus maybe his laptop and an old desktop with an inefficient graphics card. There is another old laptop that might help as well.

I read about, and watched youtube videos, on using netrender. But with a clean install of Ubuntu 18.04.1 and blender using the default repositories, the netrender addon was not available. I found that downloading the package from was the way to go following the instructions here[1]

  • Client
mkdir -p build/blender && cd build/blender
tar -xf blender-2.79b-linux-glibc219-x86_64.tar.bz2
sudo rm -r /usr/lib/blender/
sudo rm /usr/bin/blender
sudo cp -r blender-2.79b-linux-glibc219-x86_64 /usr/lib/blender
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/blender/blender /usr/bin/blender