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I installed Ubuntu 12.04, and loathe the new interface so much I've switched to Xubuntu with sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop.

Very happy with that so far. But the typing break I always used to have set is part of gnome.

Is there an equivalent typing break app in xubuntu?

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There is an equivalent which is called Workrave. See the description from their site:

Workrave is a program that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). The program frequently alerts you to take micro-pauses, rest breaks and restricts you to your daily limit. Please refer to the feature comparison for a complete list of features, and how the program performs with respect to other programs on the market. The program runs on GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows.

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looks neat, thanks! –  John Lawrence Aspden Nov 27 '12 at 13:28

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