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Simply put: Where can I find an alternative software to either-or/both these apps?

Note: Part of the appeal of these apps is allowing the user to explicitly make it extra difficult to re-enable these services. Unplugging the network cable might seem to achieve the same results from an glance, but the added difficulty in re-enabling those services is what makes these apps valuable.

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Turning off the wifi or unplugging the Ethernet is a great cross platform alternative :P – dv3500ea Jan 13 '11 at 21:12
Added note. The value in these apps is not in the disconnection, but rather in the added difficulty in re-enabling them. – mummey Jan 13 '11 at 21:15
SelfControl -- The Linux port ? "Linux port of the Mac OS X application. Uses Perl/Gtk2 + iptables. Provides basic timed blocking of specified hosts." – arochester Jan 13 '11 at 21:25
sudo apt-get purge internet social-media – Marco Ceppi Jan 14 '11 at 1:45
Well let's say you are working on something..and you get email pop-up or a facebook notification from gwibber, they can be would want to read it and reply thereby disturbing the work progress. In that sense, making the user shutdown and then restart to access the internet would definitely stop that behavior. – nik90 Jan 15 '11 at 15:04
up vote 8 down vote accepted

Self Control (Download Link)

From an OMG!Ubuntu! article

Self Control allows you to ‘block access to incoming and/or outgoing mail servers and websites’ for a specified amount of time.

Self Control Screenshot

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Thank you! Exactly what I was looking for. – mummey Mar 18 '11 at 18:07

Firstly make sure you only have one web browser (i.e Firefox) and then Install Leechblock addon

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Anything you do can be undone if the user your trying to target has sudo rights (administrative access). So your first priority is to make sure you secure your machines in such a way as to prevent sudo access.

Once you have this set up correctly, you can move to installing packages that control access via time based rules.

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there is also a chromium extension named "StayFocused" doing that. nice extension if you're just using chromium.

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