Yep, I forgot to set the CEL environment variable. Thanks for that:) The blendview.blend file seems to work, it's very neat. The one with suzanne doesn't display anything, but it does print messages when I press p. Not sure if it's able yet to display suzanne, or if I am having another problem.
graphics card: ati radeon 7500
operating system: xorg-6.8.2 dri drivers, gentoo
processor: amd athlon 1200
You have to rotate the camera (arrow keys) to get to view suzanne. But this is all very preliminary. My local version is already a lot better (has correct camera now).