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Re: A Ghost in the Computer

On Saturday 11 May 2019 09:51:51 am Stephen P. Molnar wrote:

> Perhaps this is not the appropriate forum for this problem but the
> Debian List has been an invaluable resource over the years. I happen
> to be a Chemist and although I've been using computers in my work
> since the 1960's, I am not a computer person, only a user.
> I am running Debian Stretch on my main computer.  I have an AMDFX-8320
> Eight-Core Processor on a ASUS MSAR2.0 Moptherboard and 8GB of running
> XFCE4.  I an encountering a rather odd problem for which I have no
> explanation.
> If I have more that three or four apps open at one time, all of the
> non-active windows will pop open at random and predictable times with
> the result that no one window will be useable, unless I close every
> app that's open.
> This performance is rather annoying and rather disruptive.
> Any suggestions will be appreciated.
> Thanks in advance.

XFCE4 will I believe, let you expand its default 4 workspaces, each of 
which is a separate process. That may help by making each process asking 
for help, to open that requester on its own workspace. It will still do 
that, but hopefully won't bother you on a different workspace/screen.  
But some apps can be piggish about it so its not bulletproof. 

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