Preparing Ubuntu VM for screencasting



This tutorial assumes you already have a working installation of VirtualBox. This tutorial assumes VirtualBox 5.2.16 and Ubuntu 18.04 Desktop.


Download Ubuntu.

Create new VM

Attach installation medium

Start new VM

Get rid of “What’s new in Ubuntu”

Perform software updates

Open a terminal and run the following:

sudo apt-get -y update
sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/lock /var/cache/apt/archives/lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock
sudo apt-get -y upgrade
sudo apt-get -y install build-essential module-assistant

Install VM Additions

Set resolution and remove window chrome

Tidy up desktop

Install Chrome

Install large-icon theme

mkdir $HOME/.icons
cd $HOME/.icons
tar xvjf $HOME/Downloads/140787-LargeCursors.tar.bz2
gnome-tweaks &

Install and configure key-mon

From a terminal:

sudo apt-get -y install key-mon
key-mon &

Configure it as follows:

Configure it to run at startup:

gnome-session-properties &

Disable screen lock

Disable screen blanking



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