5 Useful Blogging Tools For Linux Users

When I start Blogging I wasn’t familiar about Linux. I used the common applications for blogging like most of the Windows users do. I slowly start learning Linux and start using as my primary operating system. Linux offers a huge amount of applications and most of them are completely free. Finding an alternative software according to your need is a bit complex. I manage to use some applications but sometimes I have to migrate to another application because it can’t fulfill my needs. Meanwhile, I can’t use the different tools that most bloggers suggest. Most of the tools are made for Windows or Mac and are not available in Linux. Therefore I have arranged the list of the tools that are installed in my Linux system that makes my blogging work easier.

1. [Screenshot Tool] Shutter

Shutter screen capture tools

Shutter is an open source screenshot program that allows to take screenshot of specific area, whole website and applies different effect to the captured image. The application allows direct upload of an image to image hosting site. Shutter contains inbuilt screen editing features. The image editing general option allows to edit the capture image. Don’t expect any advanced features but it is strong enough to handle basic editing. Shutter is rich in plugin. Plugin allows to do different tasks easily like adding watermark to image, resizing, adding 3D layout etc.


2. [Screen Casting Tool] kazam

kazam screen casting tools

Kazam is a fabulous application to create screen casting. Kazam support HD recording in 720p and also supports direct upload to various video sharing website. The editing can be performed by various video editing Linux applications like Pithivi editor, openshot editor. Kazam isn’t as good as Cam Studio in windows but it has various features than other Linux screen casting tool.


3. [Blogging Client] BloGtk

bloggtk

BlogTk is a blog editor which supports Blogger, WordPress and other popular blogging platforms. It supports most of the formatting options. However, Instead of WYSIWYG text panel. It uses the mix of HTML and plain text in text editing area. The preview option helps you to switch to what post look like in the browser. BLOGtk also supports custom tag and has other various features.


4. [Blog Backup] Dropbox, Ubuntuone, and Google Drive

WordPress-Dropbox-Backup

Not every cloud storage platform is not available for Linux. However, most popular platform like Dropbox, Google Drive (INSYNC open source Google Drive alternative for desktop) and Ubuntu one for Ubuntu and other linux distros provides effective way to store your file online in cloud. I prefer Dropbox because your can directly use WordPress plugin to upload your file in Dropbox account.


5. [Video Editor] Openshot and pithivi

linux-video-Editing

Video editors are important if you are also involved in Video Blogging. Openshot and pithivi are awesome tools to edit your video. I personally prefer Openshot. Both of these applications are wonderful and provide almost all features like commercial software. Rendering process can be a bit slow if you have old machine.

Final Conclusion: Unlike Windows and Mac user there are lots of application suitable for bloggers. The choice might be different depending upon the people, but choosing the right application not only makes blogging easier but also helps to save time and increase your productivity. If you are a Linux user don’t forget to share the application that you use on regular basis.

5 Basic Reasons Why You Should Go For Linux

Reasons for LinuxLinux or GNU/Linux, as it is known, is an open source and free OS. For many people it is a mere OS, and they are stereotyped about it. They think that Windows is good and Mac is better because both of them are worth of some bucks whereas Linux is for free and so, it can’t compete with them. But nothing is like that. Here are five reasons that would really make you go for Linux. Go through this post and you will find it is not only a good (or better) OS but it is worth giving a try. Forget not the Android was built on this platform only.

1. Fast, stable, flexible and light

It is said that Linux is the lightest OS that you will ever install on your system. For installing Windows 7 you need a disk space of almost 20 GB, but for installing the latest Linux you need no more than 700 MB, making it the lightest OS in the market. Talking about its flexibility, once you have installed it, suppose on only one of your computers, you can always port it on any of your other computers without any permissions of the copyrights or registering it online plus no degradation will occur in its performance.

But here’s the real thing, as you know that Apple computers are designed in such a way that only Apple OS would run on them. But it left everyone in amazement when Linux was successfully installed and was working properly on the Apple Computers. As it is well noted with many OS’s that after a year or two, most of them slow down, often hang, and lose their stability. But that is never a case with the Linux. It would never lose its stability even after two years of its installation. This, thus, makes it the most stable OS. It also requires a very less RAM for its working. But if you feed it as much RAM as you would feed to Mac OS or Windows, it won’t run, it will fly, making it the fastest OS in the market.

2. Security

The security is the most important thing to consider while choosing an OS. Of course, there are many anti-virus softwares to ensure the security of your system but it’s Linux we are talking about. Linux doesn’t need any anti-virus software. There’re two reasons for this.

  • It has a very few viruses, very-very few.
  • even if, by any chance, a virus gets in your system, there are some particular methods to detect virus under Linux. Soon as you find a virus, you can remove it. Plus, it is said that systems running on Linux are comparably tougher to hack than those running on Mac or Windows.

3. Productive, creative and generative

Linux is an open source OS which means that you can always modify and distribute it further. If you are creative enough and want to let your creativity out, go for Linux. Download a Linux, modify it, make it better, and distribute it, without any licence (have I missed the GNU-GPL, General Public License?).

4. Open source and free OS

As, mentioned above, open source means the underlying code may be used, modified, and distributed under the license GNU General Public License. All the softwares, utilities, applications, etc. coming under this license are free. Linux is one of them. Other popular open source utilities are VLC media player and Mozilla Firefox.

5. Rapid Fire round about its functions

You might have seen mobile phones these days having multiple home screens. Ever gave a thought what platform are these kinda softwares built on? Oh, yeah! You guessed it right, its Linux! (Linux itself has four desktops!) What platform was android built on? Linux! The servers, almost 90% of them, run on which platform? Linux! What do top 20 fastest supercomputers run on? Linux! What do almost all of the smart TVS’s run on?

Linux! What do the video game consoles run on? Linux! What is used for controlling stage lighting systems? Linux! What do the world’s best electronic pianos, synthesizers and music generator modules run on? Linux! There are many such amazing functions of Linux, but are beyond the scope of this article.

Linux – Conclusion

Now that I have covered almost everything about Linux, to make you give it a try, I think that you’re gonna give it a thought of getting Linux on your system. Linux can be downloaded from various Linux distributions, commonly known as distros. Some popular Linux distros are Ubuntu, Gentoo, Mint, Debian and Red Hat. These distros provide you the Linux OS with all the system softwares, utilities, applications, etc. in one single package. If you don’t know how to install it, there is an auto install option to make you worry free.

This article is written by Bharat Chauhan. He is a coffee-crazy, music-maniac and a budding-blogger. If you wish to write for HBB, kindly check this.