Thank you but this does not help with my problem (or the google cachev ersion is outdated).
I already disabled the bottom panel. The problem is that the notification applet, or whatever it is, is still there, the one you can access when you press the ! next to the workspaces.
I found it, the user applet in the upper corner allows to disable notifications. However it does not remember the setting after a logout.
Also it would be nice to keep the passive(!) notifications for thunderbird and pidgin and just remove the "application xy is ready" notification
The problem is that some applications don't start in the foreground.
I have nautilus in the favorites and sometimes it launches in the background (then the notification is produced) which is not really what I want.
Same with popup windows from firefox, they are created in the background and the notification appears which I have to click to swtich to it. In both cases I want the windows to appear in the foreground without an notification. Any idea how to change that?