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What is Blosxom?

Blosxom (pronounced "Blossom") is a lightweight yet feature-packed weblog application designed from the ground up with simplicity, usability, and interoperability in mind.

Fundamental is its reliance upon the file system, folders and files as its content database. Blosxom's weblog entries are plain text files like any other. Write from the comfort of your favorite text editor and hit the Save button. Create, edit, rename, and delete entries on the command-line, via FTP, WebDAV, or anything else you might use to manipulate your files. I keep my blosxom data on my notebook and rsync to my server. This allows for local and off-line editing of journal entries plus quick and secure updates to the server. There's no complex data conversion; entries are nothing more than title on the first line, body being everything thereafter.

Despite its tiny footprint (currently less than 300 lines of commented code), Blosxom doesn't skimp on features, sporting the majority of features one would find in any other Weblog application. Recently added are dynamic and static page rendering plus a modular plugin API.

Blosxom is simple, straightforward, minimalist Perl affording even the dabbler an opportunity for experimentation and customization. And last, but not least, Blosxom is open source and free for the taking and altering.

++ Integrating Blosxom and TWiki

Several expressed interest in using the TWiki render engine on the Blosxom journal entry files (MattWilkie, DougAlcorn).

There is a patch attached below for the (also attached) blosxom.cgi v1.2. The purpose of the patch is to pass the body of the Blosxom journal entries through the TWiki rendering engine. This picks up the TWiki TextFormattingRules and automatic linking to TWiki topics. Note that the original patch for v1.2 was slightly less than optimal. When producing valid RSS feeds it's best to not pass the item title through the TWiki render engine. The best thing to do is just leave the title alone. The patch includes TWiki rendering of both the header and the footer.

See TWikiBlosxom for brainstormin on a closer relationship.

++ Alternatives

  • MovableType apparently has a plugin for linking to TWiki (see: TissotBlog). While Movable Type is free ("as in beer") for personal use, it is not free ("as in speech") software.

  • There's also a tiki plugin for Blosxom that alows for wiki style markup of Blosxom entries. It's not exactly like TextFormattingRules, but very similar.

  • Another wiki plugin added since the above entries is PurpleWiki, which apparently allows for both wiki syntax and addition of purple numbers.
Topic attachments
I Attachment History Action Size Date Who Comment
Unknown file formatcgi blosxom.v1.2.cgi r1 manage 10.6 K 2003-02-17 - 22:26 MattWilkie blosxom.cgi version 1.2
Unknown file formatpatch blosxom.v1.2.patch r2 r1 manage 1.6 K 2003-02-18 - 16:01 DougAlcorn corrected patch for blosxom to do TWiki rendering
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