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Nutrition/diet apps for Linux

Those of us who prefer to use Linux on our computers have been at a disadvantage when it comes to diet/nutrition software. Most every diet and nutritional software package is made to run on Windows. But there is software out there for Linux, if one digs deep enough. Fortunately, linux.com did a lot of the hard work for us!

DMAK installation requires downloading a binary archive from Story’s site, a .so file for Euphoria, and the current USDA food database from usda.gov. The pre-compiled program worked flawlessly on Ubuntu.

Shrinking Man is a free food journal that lets you record your food choices and track your weight on a daily basis. This program runs with a GTK GUI, and its calendar feature is nice for referencing historical meal plans and for planning ahead. I didn’t see a food database in this one, though, and found it tedious to manually enter each food and its caloric value.

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