Torvalds confirms Rust is coming to the new version of Linux
Linux maker Linus Torvalds has reportedly pledged to bring Rust to the operating system.
Received in an email by ZDNet (opens in new tab)Torvalds said the programming language will make it to version 6.1 of the Linux operating system “unless something strange happens.”
This isn’t the first time Linux has been rumored to be using Rust, and some say it could hit version 5.20. This time, Torvalds’ commitment appears to be greater, but emphasizes that it will “only have the core infrastructure (so no serious use case yet)”.
Rest for Linux
Initial concerns were raised about Rust’s implementation regarding the requirement of non-standard extensions, but Torvalds explained that Linux “has been using exceptions to standard C for decades,” suggesting the company is already willing to commit to it. to suit.
Linux 6.0 is the project’s current offering, which has been available for testing since August 2022, but details of the next release have already been revealed, including the ability for the operating system to tell you if your CPU is faulty.
According to a CircleCI report on the most popular coding languages, Rust reached 25th place in 2021 after falling out of the top 25 the year before. Still, Rust is preferred for its strong performance and is backed by Google for developing its Android OS (which itself is a hugely popular Linux distro).
In a message on Google’s security blog (opens in new tab) in April 2021, Android team member Wedson Almeida Filho said Rust was ready to join C “as a practical language for implementing the kernel.” Filho continues to explain that Rust “can help” [the team] reduce potential bugs and vulnerabilities in privileged code while playing well with the core kernel and preserving performance features.”