Google App Engine gets Java support

Google's App Engine gets Java support, Debian users get the choice of running the operating system on both Linux and FreeBSD kernels and Pia Waugh departs from her advocacy duties. Find out more in this week's Roundup.

Google has upgraded its App Engine this week, with Java support and other enhancements including a cron feature for scheduling jobs. However, the popular developer platform hasn't passed Sun's Java certification tests.

In the world of open source, the former Linux Australia president and open source advocate Pia Waugh has taken up a new role as a policy advisor with Senator Kate Lundy and will be departing from her advocacy duties.

The Debian project announced it's giving users the ability to run the Debian operating system on both Linux and the Unix-based FreeBSD kernels.

Sun Microsystems, who recently declined
IBM's buyout proposal has refused to comment on implications that it will be slashing 150 employees in Australia this week.

In other news, Microsoft has revealed that upgrading from Windows 7 beta to the release candidate version will not be simple. The server version of Windows 7 will also be available this year.

Also this week, we brought you more video coverage from the Web 2.0 Expo. Amongst the videos are Google's demo of the mobile Gmail app prototype, Palm's announcement of the WebOS platform, Adobe's announcement of Flash Catalyst and Microsoft's Web 2.0 vision for business.

Have a great Easter!

--Posted by Lana Kovacevic.