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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
For those wondering, FRAPS is a Windows program that can be used to record video streams of applications running on your desktop, most often games. For instance, I've used FRAPS to grab a handful of cool videos while playing Live for Speed.
Being able to record your desktop activities has many aspects - educational, tutorial and sometimes sheer bravado. There are circumstances where nothing short of a video demonstration is going to work.
No problem, you have a handful of tools to do just that - Wink, recordMyDesktop, for instance, both of which I've reviewed here. Another program comes to mind, Istanbul, which I've shown you in my PCLinuxOS 2009 article. However, while these programs are quite adequate for pure desktop use, they do not work well with games. They use the X Windows, while most games utilize hardware acceleration of the graphic card to do their magic, so the actual rendering of graphics is done before the pixels hit the screen.
We need something else to grab the video in games and other OpenGL programs.