Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 138453
Metacity focus stealing is a security hazard and usability problem
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:53 EST
Metacity hands focus to new windows. This regularly means that hitting
return in a terminal window as evolution fetches new mail cancels the
fetch. It means new irc windows steal focus from web browsers and
people type credit card data onto irc. Its unpleasant from a usability
point of view as well.
New windows should not steal focus unless they are stealing it from
another window of the same application (eg dialog boxes) or
specifically request to do so.
If you want the very long version of how this specific problem is
One of the bugs mentioned there is still open to remerge the focus
stealing prevention into GNOME 2.10