I’m a fan of Blender. I managed to figure out how to build it with most of its capabilities enabled (including the Cycles renderer and OpenCollada import/export) on a Debian Unstable system. I have a wrapper script which sets up all the right CMake options; I could do a fresh build every day, but I keep it down to once a week. :)
I tried to do a similar thing on OpenSuSE 12.3, but kept hitting missing packages that I also had to download and build from source. I tried installing the provided RPM, but that is only for Blender version 2.64, and doesn’t include Cycles!
I’m wondering now, whether to switch my backup machine from OpenSuSE to Debian (perhaps Debian Stable—it is for backups, after all). Cycles can produce breathtaking results, but can take a-g-e-s to render, which makes it hard to do animations. I figure if I put together my two quad-core machines, I would have, not exactly a render farm, but at least a render windowbox. :)