One of the most annoying things that happen to me is when I work in a window, typically an editor, or a console, and some application suddenly starts and covers the currently active window... Is there a way to prevent this from happening? The environment is KDE 4.8 on Fedora 17. Windows actually behaves exactly as described above - new windows never pop-up above the currently active window, unless they belong to the same application and are dialogs.
However, if there is no activity in the active window, it would actually be helpful if the new window "takes-over". :)
Edit 1: I am looking for a general (preference) solution, if available. I am aware of the fact that I can modify window to be on top of everything.