Four GNOME Blogging Clients Worth Noting

by Ostatic Staff - Sep. 10, 2009

As part of our continuing series this week on open source blogging tools, today we're going to take a look at clients created specifically for the GNOME desktop. If you prefer KDE, then check out yesterday's post in the series.

Drivel - This is a very popular blogging client among GNOME users, and with good reason. It's perfect for offline writing and editing, and easily uploads posts with the click of a button. It features integrated spellchecking and will even alert you to HTML errors. Use Drivel with Blogger, LiveJournal, WordPress, Drupal and more.

Gnome Blog - Here's a great GNOME blogging client that lets you simply create content without making it more complicated than it needs to be. Use it as an applet or a standalone app, then just type into the editing window whenever the mood strikes. Got a picture you want include in the post? No problem, just drag and drop the image exactly where you want it to appear. Gnome Blog supports seven popular blogs and any platform that uses MetaWeblog or bloggerAPI.

BloGtk - One rule most bloggers learn early on is never type your post directly into your blogging platform's online editor via a browser window. All it takes is one browser crash and all your hard work is toast. Python-based BloGtk is a self-defense weapon that lets you post blog content without the risk of losing your work. If you're already using this client on Ubuntu, be sure to pick up the latest package that fixes a major bug. All other current and potential users will be glad to know that the project's developer is rounding the corner toward the release of BloGtk 2.0.

TomboyBlogposter - To be sure, this obscure little app may only appeal to a narrow margin of readers, but it's so handy that it's worth a mention anyway. TomboyBlogposter is a plugin for the Tomboy notetaking app that lets users post notes directly to a WordPress, Blogger, or other AtomPub-enabled blogging Web site. There are two ways this app might come in handy. Either use it to create posts directly in a Tomboy file then upload to your blog, or use Tomboy's superior notetaking capabilities to collect project data then post the note file on a team Weblog. Either way, TomboyBlogposter is a neat tool to streamline a process you may already be using.