Gnome-blog

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Gnome-blog is a very simple Gnome panel blogging application written in python.

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[edit] Features

There are no features beyond being able to use bold and italic text. And add links. There are no button for inserting images, bullets, text colors or anything like that, there's no nothing.

Gnome-blog-0.9.1.png

But it has the basics: You can write something, and post it to your blog.

It's probably a handy program if you want to write quick text-updates to your blog without doing more than pressing a button, adding text and then pressing another button.

[edit] Support

Gnome-blog allows you to post entries to the following blog software and services:

  • Blogger.com (Google)
  • Advogato
  • LiveJournal
  • MovableType
  • Pyblosxom
  • WordPress / WPMU

..and you can use it to post to other blog software too, as long as they support the "XML-RPC" standard.

[edit] Real genious..

Version 0.9 has this Very Smart(tm) piece of code in /usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/gnomeblog/blogger_prefs.py:

        elif blog_type == "custom-wordpress":
            url = None
            url_ending = "/wordpress/xmlrpc.php"
            protocol = "MetaWeblog"
            url_description = _("Base Blog URL:")
Gnome-blog-0.9-silly-hardcoded-url.png

The problem with this silly code is that most people have not installed their blog in /wordpress/. Many blogs live in / or /blog/ or a dozen other places than /wordpress/.

However, this is fixed in version 0.9.1, make sure you install this version if you plan on using WordPress (Gentoo's default is 0.9.0). And when it comes to versions, the official website[1] story is that the latest version is version 0.8.. This story does not hold water and sources[2] for 0.9.1 are available.

[edit] The Setup

Gnome-blog-0.9-setup.png

It's not much to it, just like the user-interface.

[edit] GNOME requirement

It really does "require" Gnome. Sort of. You can start it with

$ gnome-blog-poster &

and the editor window pops up and you can write something - in any window manager. But then it "docks" to no gnome panel (if you don't have that running) and you have to kill it's process (which works just fine, but it's may more work than it would be if it used the opendesktop panel standard).

[edit] References

  1. Homepage: http://www.gnome.org/~seth/gnome-blog/
  2. http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/gnome/sources/gnome-blog/
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