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We covered Maximus a while back:

Maximus will make sure that each window is maximised (hence its name) as soon as it’s open. The windows will also miss their title bar, freeing up precious screen real estate.


Maximus also comes by default in Ubuntu Netbook Remix. One annoying thing is that it maximizes every window you open, even small windows which should not be maximized.

Here is a quick way to tweak Maximus so that it doesn't maximize every window: press Alt + F2, enter gconf-editor, navigate to: /apps/maximus/no_maximize and set it to "true" (Do not automatically maximize newly opened windows. If undecorate is set, will still undecorate maximised windows.)
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