I have now managed to get UFRaw & GIMP working properly on Ubuntu Intrepid.
It looks like it’s possible to put text next to images as well as above or below them.
The text flows round photos “magazine style”. I have exported the NEF from my D70s from UFRaw to GIMP and the resized to 33.3% which seems to be a good size on a standard 1280×800 laptop display.
In some ways I think I prefer this to the way flickr displays photos as it’s more customisable as regards photo display size.