Desktop Blogging Apps, Part Two

I’ve now had the chance to try BloGTK, and it certainly does have many more features than the Gnome Blogging Applet.

I’ll be trying this out for my next few entries to see if I prefer it to the WordPress interface.


Gnome/Linux Desktop Blogging Apps

Am now posting this entry from the comfort of my own Ubuntu Linux/Gnome desktop on my Powerbook G3 Wallstreet without having to launch a web browser (Firefox is great, but can run kind of pokey on an older machine such as this. ). I got the tip from this comment by tabreziqbal on the WordPress FAQ. Thanks!

I’m using the Gnome blogging applet. To get it on Debian-based systems (Debian, Ubuntu, Mepis, etc.), type this command in terminal:

apt-get install gnome-blog

In my case, I fired up Synaptic Package Manager, searched the repositories with “blog” as my search term, So far it seems very easy to use. I’m also going to try out blogtk for comparison — from the screenshots, it appears to have more formatting options than gnome-blog. To get blogtk on a Debian system:

apt-get install blogtk

Linux is fun! I’m pleased to be getting so much modern-day use out of a 7-8 year old piece of hardware.

Installing Ubuntu 5.10 Breezy Badger on an Old World Powerbook G3 Wallstreet

As promised, here’s the story of how I eventually got Ubuntu Linux 5.10 Breezy Badger (the latest version as of this writing) up and running on my Powerbook G3 Wallstreet, a faithful old friend that’s been with me since 2002. Before I proceed I should mention that my two most valuable sources for this whole project were the Ubuntu Installation/OldWorldMacs wiki and’s Powerbook G3 (OldWorld) Ubuntu Install article. Read the full article (with over 50 comments and counting) after the jump.

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Hello world!

Welcome to macbuntu! This site is a foray into uncharted territory on at least two fronts. First, I have just begun a journey of discovery into the strange, unfamiliar and often terrifying world of Linux. Specifically, Ubuntu Linux. More specifically, Ubuntu Linux on Macintosh computers.

Second, this is also my first real attempt at a blog. So I’m curious to see how this works out.

I’ve been using Macintosh computers personally for over 12 years, supporting them professionally for over ten. I’ve used every version of Mac OS from System 6 on an LCIII to the current version of Mac OS X. Although I have been and remain a hardcore Mac user (I even founded PinoyMac, a Mac user group, among other heavily Mac-centric elements in my personal life), every so often I’ve had the urge to explore alternative OSes to broaden my experience. I’ll table a discussion of that for another time.

I’m writing this under Ubuntu 5.10 Breezy Badger on a Powerbook G3/250MHZ/192MB/4GB/13.3″ display Wallstreet. I intend to explore this OS on this and other Macs as much and as far as I can over the next few months, and record my experiences in this blog. I’m no Linux power user by any means, so if you’re an advanced user you’re probably not going to find this blog of interest. But it’s my hope that fellow Mac users curious about Linux might find this blog of interest and value over time.

Hopefully that sets the stage for what to expect from this blog. Next entry I’ll talk about what it was like to install Breezy on my Powerbook G3.