Anyway, should I use the Blender 2.48a tar.bz2 file?
You can always try this version to see if it works for your hardware.
You can download this version from http://download.blender.org/release/Blender2.48a/
And I would take the -py25- version as this is as close as you can get to the Python 2.6.4 of P2009.
Should I install it as root or as user? With Ubuntu I installed it into the User partition into the User folder. Should I do the same thing with Pardus? Thanks for any help.
I would do the same for Pardus.
Looking at the installation instructions on the Blender Wiki you can install it the same way as you can install the backup program Areca as shown in this Pardus Wiki