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We just launched a redesign of Google Code to make the site a little friendlier and easier to navigate . We also plan on updating the Featured Projects section more frequently going forward, so, if you haven't already, subcribe to the featured projects feed.

Let us know what you think.

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If you do web development and need your pages to render properly in any browser, you should take a look at the latest open source project from Google. ExplorerCanvas is a JavaScript implementation of the canvas tag for Internet Explorer. The <canvas> HTML element allows you to create programmable 2-D graphics, and it is supported by Firefox, Safari and Opera 9. To make your canvas-ified pages work in IE, all you have to do is add a single script tag.

We've made the code for ExplorerCanvas available on SourceForge: check it out!

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Sean over on the Google Talk Blog has a detailed post about their new version of the libjingle library. So, talk and jabber developers, check it out!

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So if you live in Europe and care about free software, you should really be going to FOSDEM. The organizers did a fantastic job, and I was impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of the attendees. Greg and I had a blast!

While we were in Belgium, a whole gaggle of Googlers were in Texas for PyCon. Ben Collins-Sussman reports that "Dallas was full of rain. And meat." But despite (or maybe because of?) that, he says it was a great conference and that a high point was our very own Guido van Rossum's keynotes on the past and future of Python.

The best thing about conferences is always the opportunity to meet new people. As great as the Internet is as a tool for communication and collaboration, there is still no substitute for talking to someone face-to-face. When I say that you should come up and say "Hi", I'm not kidding --- that is what we are there for! But if you missed us this time, don't worry: we'll be at plenty of conferences this spring and summer. Watch this space for more info...