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Recording the Linux desktop — the hard way


I can do many things with the greatest of ease on the Linux desktop. But, as I discovered while doing my community Linux overview, recording a Linux desktop video isn’t one of them. Oh, boy, is it ever not one of them.

My first problem was that I’d never done screen video recording before on any platform. I’d heard about Windows screen recorders such as TechSmith’s Camtasia Studio and Blueberry Software’s BB FlashBack, but I hadn’t heard of an equivalent program for Linux.

There was a good reason for that. There isn’t a full-featured screen video recorder for desktop Linux. Well, except for DemoRecorder from Christian Linhart Software that purports to do everything I needed — but both its code and its video format is proprietary. Not only that, but I couldn’t get it to work on my test systems. I abandoned it and moved on

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