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I am trying to find a way to disable the on-mouse-over window focus stealing using beryl and gnome ... and also the new-window on top feature...let me exaplain,
 I do not want to move focus to a new window on the desktop without clicking on it, i.e. mouse over a window SHOULDN'T cause that window to move on top
 New windows, like when you try to save a file, etc ... should be ON TOP of all other windows ...
I have turned off the FOcus Steal option in beryl, enable to Click to Focus
Also made sure in System-Preferences-Look & Feel - Windows that it was also disabled, the Focus Steal on mouse over option
I can't seem to get it straight, it is the only thing that keeps me from really enjoying using beryl as a composite manager ... also ... any know how to turn off the dang "HELP" mouse-over dialogs in Gnome ... when you click over say an application in the panel a little manilla colored dialog pops up under it saying what it is ... it is driving me nutz
I don't know your distributions, but I use Gnome without the Beryl.
In Ubuntu there is the Configuration Editor (actual program name is "gconf-editor"). It is installed with Ubuntu, but it remains hidden until you reveal it in the menu system. It is more than likely a standard Gnome application.
It is much like the RegEdit in Windows. To find the additional settings for the mouse, look in "/apps/metacity/general". If the "auto_raise" is checked, you will want to un-check it. And "focus_new_windows" should be "smart".
There are many more settings in there, it is possible that there is a way to disable the "help" bubbles. It wasn't obvious to me what it is. I have "reduced_resources" checked, and that doesn't do anything.
Yeah I tried gconf-editor, I set to FALSE the option, enable_tooltips .... this did help actually, but I still get the on-mouse-over tips pop-up for the application bar, web browsing, etc ... I was thinking this must be a nautilus thing doing this since Gnome applications are okay now, no more tool tips that is.
It really isn't that bad with the gnome stuff disabled, but it just is a little displeasing to the eye on occasion ...I admit too, that gconf-editor is not intuitive at all ... after working in KDE for years, I also have to admit that it seems Gnome assumes that it's end users are idiots, and hides anything useful under menu, after menu, after menu of options and has little straight forward documentation, but that is neither here nor there, just an early monday morning complaint