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Ubuntu Netbook Remix maximizes all windows I open, including dialog windows (e. g. find dialog). That's frustrating. Is there a way to change the default behaviour?

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Yes, you have to disable maximus.

Go to system->preferences->sessions and disable it or open a terminal and execute:

sudo apt-get remove maximus

in order to uninstall it.

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Thank you for your answer. But, first, I found it under System -> Startup Applications -> Startup Programs. Second, it didn't work as I expected. Now windows are not maximized at all, the way like UNR does it by default, hiding the window title. I'd like to leave that maximize feature, but I don't want it to maximize all windows I open. Is it possible? – codeholic Feb 26 '10 at 16:36
It seems that maximus has an exclude list. Take a look here: – mrucci Feb 26 '10 at 16:54
For me, it's more comfortable to just maximize windows I want than to configure every single window that maximus maximizes improperly. – codeholic Feb 26 '10 at 17:07
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Ok, I found how you can do that. Here's the clue. Unfortunately there was a typo in the command, so I had to stumble a little, until I guessed why nothing had happened.

That's how to make maximus do the right thing:

gconftool-2 --set /apps/maximus/no_maximize --type BOOL true
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