What is Workaholic?

Workaholic is a program which shows a window to remind you to take a break after a period of time by showing a transparent window with a progress bar. You can skip rests, or postpone these for 5 or 10 minutes.


If you use Debian, Ubuntu, or another distro which uses deb packages, you can download the deb package (workaholic-0.2.0.deb) and simply double-click on it to launch the installer, or you can add my repository to your sources.list file, so that your distro can inform you of new releases.

If you choose the second method, open the file /etc/apt/sources.list with your favorite editor as root and add this line:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/zootropo/ubuntu hardy main
Update the list of packages writing sudo aptitude update on the terminal, and install the application by writing sudo aptitude install workaholic.

If you use Archlinux, you can find the PKGBUILD at the ArchLinux User-community Repository.

If you use other distribution, download the tar.gz: workaholic-0.2.0.tar.gz, uncompress it, and execute the command make install with root privileges.


To start the program run Applications -> Accessories -> Workaholic.

The program sits on your systray waiting for the period of time you specified at the preferences dialog, when it will show the window reminding you to take a break.

Workaholic: Take regular rests from your computer

You may want to start the program automatically when you start your computer. You can do this in Gnome at System -> Preferences -> Sessions -> Startup Program -> Add.


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v0.2.0 - February 22, 2008 v0.1.0 - February 11, 2008 (Initial release)


If you ever need to uninstall the application just run the command aptitude purge workaholic as root if you installed it using the deb package, or execute the command make uninstall from the tar.gz file if you installed it using this method.

Have a question? a bug to report? a feature to propose?

You can report bugs, propose new features, and ask related questions at the project page at Launchpad.

I want to translate Workaholic to my language

You can help translating the application on the translations section at the project page in Launchpad.