I am using Cent OS 5. I am looking for an app which will alert me after some time to take break. So I can use computer as healthy computer usages ?

  • There are many things that can do something like this, from cron to at if you want something that runs from the console. There are also many calendar and "reminder" apps--if that's what you want, you probably want one that's intended for use with your desktop environment of choice. – Flimzy Jul 4 '11 at 4:34
  • @ Flimzy I am looking for a Gui Application like Timeout for MAC. – Vivek Goel Jul 4 '11 at 5:52
  • The developer community really needs more work break application usage! Thank you for asking this instead off me, now every 1 h will be tee time for me. :) – user399833 Nov 12 '15 at 19:39

the best choice for you would be probably Workrave

Workrave settings

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  • I really like workrave. It also shows you some helpful exercises to perform during the rest breaks. – JooMing Jul 6 '11 at 12:17
  • Does not work in ubuntu 13.04. Also this screen shot is for windows xp – Juanin Oct 5 '13 at 18:39
  • just installed in latest Kubuntu and seems to work without problem. And the program GUI looks almost the same way as in Win XP. – Juhele Oct 6 '13 at 20:21
  • After I updated my system workrave stopped working, after about 2 minutes, the graphics disappears and you can still see the process running, but it is does not break anymore. The code may not work with the latest kernel. – Kemin Zhou Jun 4 '18 at 17:14

Here are two more alternatives that haven't been mentioned in the other answers.


Xwrits reminds you to take wrist breaks, which will hopefully help you prevent repetitive stress injury. It pops up an X window when you should rest; you click on that window, then take a break.


Repetitive Strain Injury can occur as a result of working with a mouse and keyboard. This utility can be used to remind you to take a break now and then. It displays a random picture from a collection at specified intervals for defined durations. You can configure the pictures to show and lengths of time to show them. You might use the breaks reminders to do some stretching exercises, for example, or as a reminder to walk away from the computer for a while.

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  • Ubuntu 13.04 -> RSIBreak it works fine. – Juanin Oct 5 '13 at 18:40

If you are OK with using a "web app", Evo will do. May not be idea for several situations, but if you spend a good deal of time in a web browser, it should fit just fine.

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Maybe Project Hamster?

Lifehacker had it as one of their top five time management programs.

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  • Does this program really provide alerts for taking breaks? – N.N. Jul 4 '11 at 20:46
  • not sure, it read like it does, but I might have misread. – senshikaze Jul 4 '11 at 23:18
  • For external links, which can often change, it is good to summarize their contents, and explain their relevance to the question. You merely say that someone says that it is a "top five time management programs". This question is not about time management. – Abhishek Anand Mar 11 '16 at 18:39

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