This is probably more than two problems.
Had the dist-upgrade from 11.04 to 11.10 the other day.
Now running XFCE 4.8 as a UI.
On my desktop, I have a single xfce panel on the top border.
When launching some programs, the UI will draw them as such that the top of the window, where min, max, and close are, will be behind the panel.
This only happens when compiz is enabled.
When I set fusion-icon to use metacity or Xfwm4, the title border is drawn just below the panel, rather than behind it. (as preferred).
I found a "work around" that is supposed to allow UI draws over the panel in xfce.
But, it isn't a catch all. Some programs will draw over the panel. Others, namely mozilla's firefox and thunderbird, continue to draw beheath the panel. Pretty sure this is a compiz setting I've missed.
xfconf-query -c xfce4-panel -p /panels/panel-0/disable-struts -t bool -n -s true
Is there a Compiz settings manager option I can use to tell compiz not to draw in the top 35 set range reserved for the xfce panel?
As an aside, using emerald instead of gtk-window-decorator removes my ability to right click a program's edge and select "move". Using gtk-window-decorator --replace restores the menu. So, if there's an emerald workaround for that...
FIX IN POST #7 Thanks, paul.bono.