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Download of The Day: CRON-O-Meter Open Source Dieting Software

CRON-O-Meter is free, open source, and cross-platform (Windows, Linux and Mac OS X) dieting software written in Java. It is a fully featured nutrition and biomarker tracking tool. Designed for practitioners of Caloric Restriction (CRON) Diets.

From the project site:

CR (Calorie Reduced) diets require a lot of information to perform optimally. In order to restrict caloric intake, but remain healthy, users of the diet must track their vitamin, mineral, and protein intakes with great care.

We aim to provide a complete solution to the CR dieter. Current open-source diet-tracking applications fall short in some vital respects. Either they are not detailed enough, or they suffer from critical usability flaws. We believe that a diet tracker must be effortless to operate for the activity for which it will be used most of the time, keeping track of the foods eaten in a particular meal.

To this end, we are developing CRON-O-Meter, an application that will take into account good usability design and dense functionality. It will provide diet advice, track consumption and exercise, and generally assist in all aspects of a CR diet.

Download CRON-O-Meter

Security: Linux openoffice.org security update

Red Hat released updated openoffice.org packages to correct a security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

OpenOffice.org is an office productivity suite that includes desktop applications such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, formula editor, and drawing program.

Sean Larsson found a heap overflow flaw in the OpenOffice memory allocator. If a carefully crafted file was opened by a victim, an attacker could use the flaw to crash OpenOffice.org or, possibly, execute arbitrary code.

It was discovered that certain libraries in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and 4 openoffice.org packages had an insecure relative RPATH (runtime library search path) set in the ELF (Executable and Linking Format) header. A local user able to convince another user to run OpenOffice in an attacker-controlled directory, could run arbitrary code with the privileges of the victim.

All users of openoffice.org are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported fixes which correct these issues.

How do I patch openoffice.org productivity suite ?

Simply type the following command at a shell prompt:
# yum update

Open Source Alternative to Commercial Software

Webi has published a very comprehensive list of alternative "open source" applications to mainstream applications. It includes office applications, multimedia, graphics, networking and security applications.

=> Free and Open Source Software Directory (FLOSS/FOSS) [webi.org]

Linux: 50 Killer Business Open Source Application to Get your Office on Open Source

Christina has published a nice list of 50 apps to get your office on open source software. This is a worth bookmark page:

Open source software has a lot to offer the business world. Aside from the fact that they’re generally free, many open source programs are more secure, reliable and customizable than their proprietary counterparts. In fact, many large companies, including big names like Amazon, Google, and Yahoo, run their servers with Linux rather than Windows. Open source software is often some of the best software for the job, even when cost is no consideration. So how can you make open source software work for your business? Here are 50 apps that can help your office get on track to join the growing numbers of businesses that have made the switch to open source.

The intention seems to be good, but there are few errors. For example Skype is not open source or GNOME is not Linux distribution. I hope author will fix out errors.

=> Linux for Business: 50 Apps to Get your Office on Open Source