Typing breaks in GNOME

input-keyboard-100For quite a while now I’ve used the drwright application to configure typing breaks. Once every so often, the desktop would refuse keyboard input and tell me to go and walk around for a few minutes instead. This helps to prevent RSI and other problems.

Since Fedora 19, though, drwright is no longer usable. No matter, I switched to Workrave as that is a similar application although with more tweakable options than I needed.

But now in Fedora 20 (currently in Beta) the problem of not being able to adjust configuration settings has affected Workrave as well! This time it’s a different bug, but not being able to right-click and get a context menu on the icon makes it pretty hard to use.

Doesn’t anyone else set typing breaks?





13 responses to “Typing breaks in GNOME”

    1. Tim avatar

      Thanks, I’ll check it out.

  1. Adam Williamson avatar

    “Doesn’t anyone else set typing breaks?”

    Sure. I take one whenever it’s time for a slug of liquor.

  2. Neville A. Cross avatar

    My mom has several health issues which requieres to her to take breaks. I have her computer stuck on Fedora 14 because of the lack of this feature. It was under universal access category. It is a health issue, not a productivity feature. Thanks for voicing this, I think we need to be bold on this feature.

    Étienne, I will check your link, thanks.

  3. Will Thompson avatar

    At least in Debian, Workrave ships with a Gnome Shell extension which embeds the applet into the top bar. I have been a much happier user since discovering and enabling it.

    1. Tim avatar

      Thanks, I hadn’t spotted that. Unfortunately the extension does not support the version of gnome-shell in Fedora 20 (3.10.2). I’ll have to look into that.

  4. Will Thompson avatar

    Naturally… If you’re lucky, it’s just a matter of adding a version to the manifest.

    That reminds me that I should test my own extensions with 3.10.x. Gotta love that upgrade treadmill!

  5. mbooth avatar

    Have you tried the pomodoro gnome shell extension?

    # yum install gnome-shell-extension-pomodoro

    1. Tim avatar

      Thanks, no, I hadn’t.

    2. Tim avatar

      OK, I have now, and it resulted in a completely broken desktop session after the first break.

      Have you tried it?

  6. mbooth avatar

    Oh dear, I have only used it on only F18 and F19 🙁

    The gnome shell API breaks way too often.

  7. mbooth avatar

    Looks like there was a new release of gnome-shell-extension-pomodoro recently, I will try and update it for F20 and rawhide soon.

  8. Gustavo Noronha avatar
    Gustavo Noronha

    I use it (from extensions.gnome.org) and it works well for me in Fedora 20.