The Bughugger project is indicative of an essential bias of mine, that most tasks are more enjoyable and can be done more easily from a local "thick client" than from a web-based thin client.
In general, what I think people like about web based clients are that they:
- Are easy to access, requiring minimal installation steps and such
- Can be installed with no risk, and do not require "un-install" steps if usage is abandoned
- Are free as in bear, at least initially
So today I decided to move one of my key web-based activities, reading and writing blogs, into Ubuntu itself. Note that I am already a heavy Gwibber user and I rarely use a browser to access micro-blogging features.
My experience with the Software center shows how Ubuntu does fairly well with points 1-3 above. There is lots of blog related software to try, and it's all free in every meaning of the word. It was really easy to install software:
Reading my feeds from Ubuntu using LifeArea was easy to set up, and is working perfectly for me. Also, the UI can fit into my netbook rather well. Yeah for LifeArea!
I am writing this posting form my browser, as I haven't found a posting tool that I like yet.
Blog Entry Poster made it very easy to connect to my blog. I also like the overall simplicity of the design. However, the editor itself lacked the formatting features that I use heavily, so I'm not quite able to adopt it.
BloGtk has the editor options I need, but it doesn't quite fit into my netbook screen size. This doesn't really matter as I couldn't figure out how to get it to connect to my blog anyway.
Ultimately, I suppose that I would love it if LifeArea had the Gwibber-like ability to post. There are still other posting tools to try in any case, so I may find one yet. I'm installing Drivel atm.