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Ubuntu Hacks by Bill Childers, Kyle Rankin, Jonathan Oxer

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Hack #27. Blog with Ubuntu

Blogging is all the rage, and you can update your blog from Ubuntu using the Drivel blog client.

Blogging has become a very popular activity as of late; there's even been an O'Reilly book about it (Essential Blogging by Cory Doctorow et al.). Lots of people have LiveJournals or maintain their own blog servers. Most blogs have their own web-based administrative interfaces, but if you're not online, you can't update your blog. That's where a blog client comes in: it allows you to write blog posts offline and upload them when you're ready. There is a very good blog client called Drivel in the universe repository, which is very easy to configure and use.

Installing Drivel

Thanks to apt-get, Drivel is extremely easy to install (you need to have the universe repository enabled [Hack #60]). Simply run the following command from a terminal window:

bill@lexington:~$ sudo apt-get install drivel Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree... Done The following NEW packages will be installed drivel 0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 34 not upgraded. Need to get 353kB of archives. After unpacking 1487kB of additional disk space will be used. Get: 1 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com dapper/universe drivel 2.0.2-5 [353kB] Fetched 353kB in 1s (191kB/s) Selecting previously deselected package drivel. (Reading database ... 105636 files and directories currently installed.) Unpacking drivel (from .../drivel_2.0.2-5_i386.deb) ... Setting up drivel (2.0.2-5) ...

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