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Linux Developers May Discuss Allowing Rust Code Within The Kernel

Linux Developers May Discuss Allowing Rust Code Within The Kernel

Nick Desaulniers, a Google engineer, is looking to discuss at this year's Linux Plumbers Conference the possibility of allowing in-tree Rust language support within the Linux kernel. Because of its memory safety guarantees and other security benefits, many argue that Rust should play a larger role at lower-levels of the system. What are your thoughts?

Nick Desaulniers of Google, who is known for his work on LLVM Clang'ing the Linux kernel and related efforts, is wanting to bring up the matter of in-tree Rust support for the kernel. The extent though of allowing Rust within the kernel isn't clear yet but would likely be very limited.

Nick started the new kernel mailing list thread: Linux kernel in-tree Rust support. As a discussion topic for this annual conference of prominent Linux kernel developers, he wants to begin discussing this matter including the technical aspects as well as whether this should be something endorsed or pursued at all. Some have been wanting Rust to play a larger role at lower-levels of the system due to its memory safety guarantees and other security benefits.

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