Good blog writing software for Linux or lack thereof

Has anyone ever noticed the lack of good blog writing software for linux? I know that ‘good’ is a relative term and some may be happy with the way it is now. I am not.
Right now there are two applications doing a somehow more or less good job: ScribeFire and BlogGTK.

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I already mentioned ScribeFire in my post about my favourite Firefox addons and it’s actually the application I use. I love cross platform applications and although this one needs Firefox to run it is what comes closest to what I need right now. Bad about it is that since Firefox mimics GTK the tabs look distorted in some weird way, and I’m not sure if this is related but the close buttons doesn’t work. There are other smaller bugs as well, but in the end it still does its job.

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BlogGTK is as the name suggests using GTK, I’d prefer something using QT4 but hey, I’m not a toolkit nazi. If it works I couldn’t care less about the toolkit. The problem is that it doesn’t work very well, at least not any more. The project has been dead for about 3 years and as it seems the Metablog or WordPress API changed. Some functions don’t work, I can’t edit older posts, they just get published a second time, and I can’t access my categories.
The project just got resurrected recently and I’m waiting for the first snap shot of 2.0.

Still both applications in their current state are absolutely no match to applications like the Windows Live Writer.

I hope this will change in the future. *lookingoveratbloggtkdevelopment*

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11 thoughts on “Good blog writing software for Linux or lack thereof

  1. Have you taken a look at KBlogger? It’s still early days for that program but looks promising once the rough edges has been smoothed out.

  2. What exactly is “blog writing software”? It seems you don’t mean WordPress, so what are you talking about? Some sort of glorified text editor? I type my HTML right into Blogger’s textbox. It has one of those clicky “rich text” abominations too, but I like HTML when it comes to the web. For the others sites I write for, I do it in vim then copy and paste into the WordPress textbox. That first one is in Firefox, so how is typing in that textbox different from typing into the WordPress textbox in Firefox?

  3. Hi there. I was experimenting with different blogging clients on Linux as well and the best option I found was to run BlogJet under Wine. ScribeFire though seems to be the next best thing. You can refer to my experiences with using Drivel, BlogGTK, QTM, BlogJet at:

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  4. @Mackenzie

    I do mean ‘glorified’, fancy text editors connected to my blog via MetaBlog, blogger or whatever else API.

    Not everyone knows html and not everyone who does, does want to use it for this. I’m not saying that everyone should drop they way he/she writes his/her blog, for me it’s just a matter of convenience.

    About the differences between blog writing applications and my ordinary wordpress text box. I can use it without having to open my browser. It’s quicker. It’s all about convenience and laziness.

    I just like the idea of being able to control the essential parts, the posts and pages, of my blog from my desktop, drag and drop images into my posts and so on.

    The API is there, why shouldn’t we use it?

  5. The best one I’ve found in Ubuntu is the one built into the Flock web browser.

  6. @Matthew I’ll try the flock one

    @Firas MR great posts on your blog, I’m right now playing around with those application.

  7. I never considered that there were people who don’t keep their browser open at all times. Everything is done through the browser nowadays, so it seems odd to me that someone would ask for an out-of-browser way to do something, as that seems to me to be the thing that requires starting up another application. I mean, blogging, email, instant messaging, IRC…they can all be done in one application: Firefox. It’s almost silly to bother with clients for any single one of them.

  8. Indeed your browser, especially Firefox with all of its extension became quite powerful nowadays yet I have several problems with using it as my main ‘platform’.
    It eats up a lot of memory when you open many extensions and/or tabs at the same time.
    If I use one application for ten tasks and it crashes usually more information is lost as by using ten applications for ten different tasks.

    Using IRC and instant messaging, I guess you refer to stuff like ChatZilla, Meebo, several CGI-IRC/XMPP clients isn’t exactly something I’d like to do as I heavily rely on using irssi, Finch and vim via ssh while not at home. I’m someone who prefers using applications doing what I want rather then changing my work flow to something the application wants me to. And I prefer using applications that are made to simply do one task, and to this one task well.

    Browser based tools often don’t fit my needs, therefore I don’t see any point in using them over the applications I’m accustomed to. However, if a browser, web based applications does what I need and it does it better than the app I’m using now, I’d switch without looking back.

  9. Blog editors are huge timesavers for those of us writing multiple blogs.

    I’m working in Ubuntu now, but I used LiveWriter in Windows a great deal, and it vastly improved my workflow.

    For example, the new image handling function in the WordPress editor is clunky and slow; by contrast, a good blog editor allows drag-and-drop handling of images, and is frankly more responsive.

    A good blog editor also allows you to write posts (and store drafts) of your posts (for all your blogs) in one central location, and typically speeds the posting process.

    Scribefire (Firefox add-on) seems like the best Linux blog editor going right now, though I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s coming soon. Linux deserves something powerful.