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Issue Report: Steam Notifications (Friends chat etc) steal window focus
When playing a game (in my case, Red Eclipse, a non-Steam game, still waiting for TF2 to download :V), when I get a notification from the Friends system (that little box that pops up in the bottom right corner), my game loses focus, and I have to click on the game to get focus again. I run the game in windowed mode, and used Steam to launch the game.
When in full-screen, it does the same, and the game exits full screen mode.

Also, Steam never generates a sound with notifications.

Here's what I use, trimmed the unneeded bits: [in addition to the info below, I use Cinnamon as a DE, and also GLX-Dock. Cinnamon is based on Gnome 3.]

Processor Information:
Vendor: AuthenticAMD
Speed: 3200 Mhz
2 logical processors
2 physical processors
HyperThreading: Unsupported
FCMOV: Supported
SSE2: Supported
SSE3: Supported
SSSE3: Supported
SSE4a: Supported
SSE41: Unsupported
SSE42: Unsupported

Operating System Version:
Linux Mint 13 Maya (64 bit) Cinnamon
Kernel Name: Linux
Kernel Version: 3.2.0-23-generic
X Server vendor: The X.Org Foundation
X Server release: 11103000

Video Card:
Driver: NVIDIA Corporation GeForce GTS 450/PCIe/SSE2
Driver Version: 4.3.0 NVIDIA 310.14
Desktop Color Depth: 24 bits per pixel
Monitor Refresh Rate: 75 Hz
VendorID: 0x10de
DeviceID: 0x1245
Number of Monitors: 1
Number of Logical Video Cards: 1
Primary Display Resolution: 1280 x 1024
Desktop Resolution: 1280 x 1024
Primary Display Size: 13.39" x 10.63" (17.09" diag)
34.0cm x 27.0cm (43.4cm diag)
Primary Bus: PCI Express 16x
Primary VRAM: 1023 MB
Supported MSAA Modes: 2x 4x 8x 16x

RAM: 3953 Mb

Recent Failure Reports:
Fri Dec 7 14:33:12 2012 GMT: file ''/tmp/dumps/assert_20121207143257_1.dmp'', upload yes: ''CrashID=bp-5702eac4-d773-4f2f-851e-67f542121207''
Fri Dec 7 14:33:26 2012 GMT: file ''/tmp/dumps/assert_20121207143313_2.dmp'', upload yes: ''CrashID=bp-51c98581-c971-40c1-b79f-6ff902121207''

Viimeisin muokkaaja on BurritoBazooka; 11.12.2012 kello 10.15
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I must note that this is different from one other existing issue. In that it issue only does it when the user is typing, as far as I can gather.
Viimeisin muokkaaja on BurritoBazooka; 7.12.2012 kello 13.42
Same here, ubuntu 12.10 with gnome-shell 3.6.
partizan 7.12.2012 kello 14.01 
I can confirm this. ArchLInux, gnome-3 in fallback mode with compiz.
I think a quick-and-dirty way for devs to solve this would be to use the OS-native notification systems (most DE's have this in the form of a command line "notify-send" which points to the DE's specific program or script for making a notification visible).
and a way for the user to solve this temporarily is to turn notifications off completely in Steam, and then to leave Pidgin running with the Opensteamworks plugin, so that it can tell you when there is a message or when someone comes online. Pidgin should be using the DE's way of notifying you.
I have the same problem with Xfce on Archlinux. Firefox' "ReminderFox" addon regularly sends notifications similar to Steam without stealing focus, so it definitely is possible to do so. ReminderFox also apparently does not use a built-in notifications system of Xfce, since the notifications do not look the way other programs' notifications look.
I added the part where Steam doesn't generate sound. I forgot about it, because I had Pidgin making sounds for me instead.
Lavacano 11.12.2012 kello 15.08 
occurs with me as well

Gentoo Linux running KDE (all packages on ~x86)
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