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Is there good Pomodoro desktop timer for Linux without a lot of dependencies.

I know about pomodairo, but it's made with Adobe Air, which I don't want on my Linux (even if it exists for Linux).

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If you're into minimalistic approaches, I'd suggest one I found here, that uses the Terminal:

sleep 1500 && notify-send "break"

Where 1500 stands for "1500 seconds", which is equivalent to 25 minutes. In order to take breaks, you should issue the following:

sleep 300 && notify-send "back to work"  # a short, 5-minute break
sleep 900 && notify-send "back to work"  # a long, 15-minute break

Of course, you can also issue the whole thing at once, like this:

sleep 1500 && notify-send "break"; sleep 300 && notify-send "back to work"
sleep 1500 && notify-send "break"; sleep 300 && notify-send "back to work"
sleep 1500 && notify-send "break"; sleep 300 && notify-send "back to work"
sleep 1500 && notify-send "break"; sleep 900 && notify-send "back to work"

This approach uses visual and silent notifications, which I find ideal, but I'm sure you can tweak it to give you a beep instead of a notification, in case you prefer.

Of course, you can also go crazy and add subtitles, icons, and different urgency levels. You can run man notify-send to see the options or check out this nice article that I've found to be quite helpful.

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This is awesome. On breaks I have it notify every minute with remaining minutes. Thanks! – Ivan Feb 3 '14 at 1:26

I am using Flowkeeper which needs Java.

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Tomighty is an option, though it requires Java.

Tomighty in Ubuntu

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Here is one from Softpedia (at your own risk):

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I know it is not based on the Pomodoro method...

"Timer Applet: Available in most Linux systems' repositories, this unobtrusive applet works great for those who like to work in timed bursts. Start the timer as either a running clock or set it to alert you at a custom interval of time."

From: (part-way down the page)

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The Timer Applet's presets would work really well for the Pomodoro method. – Firefeather Dec 21 '10 at 3:51

Consider Workrave, as it has software packages (ie. an Ubuntu package, workrave) available. It appears to be mostly written in C++.

See this blog post on pomodoro with Workrave.

I also notice that there's an "idle" feature (which is probably not helpful for practicing pomodoro) built into Workrave. Also see this blog post on adjusting idle time.

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I have been using this other software called Tomate that is pretty decent. It is very simple to install and has all of the Pomodoro Technique timers already preset (25,5,15). I particularly like the grey Tomate icon in the systray that gradually becomes red clockwise as the timer progresses. It gives you a sense of how much time has elapsed without the actual stress of watching the clock ticking.

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