NoMachine NX Desktop on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin – No menus?

NoMachine NX is a perfect solution to connect to your remote Ubuntu desktop. But ever since Canonical introduced Unity, NoMachine doesn’t seem so perfect anymore: client successfully connects to the NX server, but the menus never show up, and there’s no Unity side bar.

Here’s what works in 12.04 Precise Pangolin:

On the remote machine open up this file: /usr/NX/etc/node.cfg and edit it as a superuser:

sudo vim /usr/NX/etc/node.cfg

Towards the end of the file, look forĀ CommandStartGnome and change it to

CommandStartGnome = "/usr/bin/gnome-session --session=ubuntu-2d"

Save the file, and Unity should now work in 2D mode the next time you connect and the menus and the sidebar will show up.

Transcoding video is… easy?

Not so long ago I complained how dreadful video transcoding is. Turns out I was just using the wrong software. Thanks to a simple Ubuntu Software Center* search I stumbled upon this gem: Arista Transcoder. I’ve only been using it for a couple of minutes and that was enough to pick the video to transcode, admire the simplicity, speed of the processĀ  and sheer beauty of the software, and donate a few bucks to the author just a few seconds before the processing** was done.

* believe it or not, app store concept was not really invented by Apple.
** here’s the result: