Weblogger Waste of Time Rant

Researching WTF?? is going on with Blog software? It's mostly crap for Linux or with libre/openoffice.

The best document uploader is – and it chokes me to say this – MSword (2007 at least)!

I even DL'd oOo for Win7 to see if it was the Linux implementation with problems only, but no – the Sun Weblog Extension for oOo doesn't work either…




Yet look at the web page for it boasting it's Word equivalent functions:


• Author Web logs within the familiar
editing environment of StarOffice.
• Use formatting tools for lists, tables,
images and hyperlinks.
• Write your articles even if you are
currently not connected to the
Supported Blog Platforms
• blogger.com
• WordPress
• Roller
• ATOM protocol
• MetaWeblog protocol
Required Software
• StarOffice 8 Update 4 or
StarSuite 8 Update 4 or
OpenOffice.org 2.0.4 (or higher)
• Java Runtime Environment 1.4
(or higher)
Platform Availability
• Runs on Solaris (SPARC and x86),
Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows

The implementation of xmlrpc has been around for ages – 1998 or so – Dave Winer has done loads of work on various aspects over the years – why is something relatively simple (well, a none programmer would think) – upload a document, formatted correctly, to a Blog, be so difficult to do – is it the way XML has to encapsulate html or text or pics or what?


Libre in Mint half works – acc. connection and can DL old Posts in WP but not upload, the icons appear on the menu but only one works. What is the problem here – Java version, libraries? Or am I the only one with an issue? Seems not:



"… If you aren't going to be as good as or better and often times much worse. . . why bother?"

Quite! Just remove the bloody thing from the web completely and do everyone a favour. Dicks. And they wanted to charge $10 for it originally?

Who was in charge of that Project?


What Blog Clients you can to try – these don't embed an image in a WP Post properly either! What can MSWord do that other's can't?

For Linux



Gnome Blog


WordPress Comments notifier – open source







and what format for the Accs etc: Endpoint

The XML-RPC server/path is:

If your WordPress root is https://example.com/wordpress/, then you have:

Server: https://example.com/ (some tools need just the 'example.com' hostname part)

Path: /wordpress/xmlrpc.php

complete URL (just in case): https://example.com/wordpress/xmlrpc.php


does this work in Mint? It is not really different from using the WordPress interface. I want an DOCUMENT UPLOADER…



can drag pics in:


CAN linpaste text:

The unbelievably convoluted Bollocks of Blog Uploaders…

CAN add links and use Bold, italics, but not ULine.


SO FAR SO GOOD for gnome-blog


others that didn't work in Mint:

drivel – in Apt

no uploading, but Dloadable Posts visible for DL


not in Apt



Installed from DL, but failed to load


not in Apt – requires build




in Apt

Now I give up – if ya want to write tidy Blogs with nice pics with all the bells and whistles of a word processor – MS Word works…
2 days later – I finally checked Scribefire on my Mint PC, and it does upload visible pics and has a good an interface as the WPress one, but runs from your browser, has drag/drop or browse for pics function, but most importantly – WYSIWYG, with posted blog looks like how you typed it! Finally – but still crap compared to Word!

19/3/16 – 1 year later, I found an almost acceptable Plugin for WP called Docxpresso – tends to add lots of line spaces unless you edit your doc in web view first to remove them: