Screencasting from Ubuntu

Screencasting (Recording a video of  your desktop) just got easier since if you have Gnome Shell .

Gnome shell comes with an inbuilt screencasting feature which is activated by pressing


To deactivate it just press the same combination . The video is by default saved in webm format in the current user’s home directory.

Here is a sample video.



Natty Narwhal

The Latest Upcoming Distro of Ubuntu is 11.04 (Natty Narwhal)  , and here is a nice counter from a German blog .

The Latest release comes with the totally redesigned Unity interface .

Lets wait and see how it turns out !!

Ubuntu 11.04 days to go

Ubuntu Customization

For those looking to customize their ubuntu destktop here is a nice guide

I am Officially Human !!

96 Hours :

Its been exactly been 96 hours since Ubuntu Linux 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat ) was installed in a dual boot Setup on my Laptop ,

and I am proud to say that I have booted into windows only twice in that time and that too only temporarily. I have been using a Microsoft OS as my Primary Operating System form 1998-99 , that was when I convinced my dad to bring Home his old Office Computer so I could Use it

The last time I installed Ubuntu was way back in its Gutsy Gibbon(7.10) days , back then I had Windows xp on one Hard disk and Ubuntu on another Hard disk  so each time I wanted to switch OS I had to change the Hard disks , OK Enough History  now Lets Get Down To business .

The Awesomeness that followed :

Not much has changed really ,I still use firefox and chrome for browsing , VLC for videos …. etc .

But wait the waiting time has decreased , I mean the boot time has some how magically dropped , well may be thats because I am using a newly installed OS .

Then there is the part about having a Cooler looking Desktop !!

I was surprised  when I found out that I had almost all the features of Windows 7 Aero Interface (Including transparent Window borders ) Though they  function a bit differently in Ubuntu and as usual you do need a Capable Graphics card to handle it , but if you don’t you can just as easily turn them off .

What about applications I asked myself , I knew that there were open source alternatives to many windows applications or I could count on WINE to run my apps  , Well my Knowledge turned out to be true . Even the occasional Counter Strike game that I play , works Fine on WINE .

I forgot to mention the standard procedure everyone performs immediately  after installing Windows  , Installing Drivers , then Installing an Anti-Virus Program  , well as you have probably guessed by now I did skip those parts because there weren’t needed . I did Have to Download Updates though .

The Not-So Awesomeness that Followed :

The first thing tried to do after installing Ubuntu was Play a movie  , but due to some lame ethical and copyright reasons it refused to play Mp3 , AVI (Divx , Xvid)  , MKV (H.264 , X264 ) , Mp4 , Flv … and the other commonly  used formats .

Youtube was also on the list as Flash Player was also not present Out of the Box .

But the solution was really simple , install ubuntu-restricted-extras .

The AWESOME desktop that you see above doesn’t come out of the box  , though the default desktop still looks good .

Finally :

In the past 96 hours I have not missed Windows one bit , but lets see how Ubuntu holds up in the coming months .


I recently messed up my Gnome Panels by…

I recently messed up my Gnome Panels  by accidentally deleting the shutdown and Time applets .

So I  found a way  to Restore them to the default state.

Now the best way to do this is to do it via terminal

Open Terminal

Then Type the Following
(Note:Don’t leave any space between the 2 dashes)

gconftool  – -recursive-unset /apps/panel

Now all the panels Should disappear.
Then type the following to restore them to their default state

rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel

Finally Execute the following to show all the panels .

pkill gnome-panel

I tested this on Maverick Meerkat (10.10) and it works fine , but it should work on all versions from Gutsy Gibbon (7.10) onwards .