Add "pin" feature, similar to how chromium allows pinned tabs
Submitted by John Stowers
Managing background applications is a window management problem. It's a failure on the part of the window list (taskbar) that it does not handle these types of applications very well. It's also with the window list that there exists a solution.
Google Chrome has a really nice feature called "Pin Tab." It shrinks a tab down to just its icon and forces it to the left of all normal tabs
Implementation/proof of concept/patch - http://kevinmehall.net/static/2010/wnck/patch.debdiff