The core team behind the Rust programming language have announced the establishment of the Rust Foundation; an independent non-profit that will steward the increasingly popular language. The move follows lay-offs at Mozilla last August which affected those working on Rust.
Commenting on the formation of the Rust Foundation, Mozilla said: “Mozilla is proud of its role in Rust’s creation; and we are happy to see it outgrow its origins and secure a dedicated organization to support its continued evolution. Given its reach and impact, Rust will benefit from an organization that is 100% focused on the project.”
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The board of directors at the new organisation are set to have their first meeting tomorrow. It’s made up of 11 members from the founding members of the organisation: AWS; Huawei; Google; Microsoft; and Mozilla. With so many well-established entities backing Rust, it’s longevity is ensured; and it’ll be better resourced enabling it to hold better events and create better materials for people looking to get into the language.
Rust is a low-level programming language similar to C. One of the main problems with C is the way it handles memory; and when programmers miss these issues it can lead to serious vulnerabilities in things like web browsers and operating systems. Rust was also designed with memory safety in mind; while you can disable the safety features, Rust does not compile unsafe code by default; which drastically reduces the likelihood of vulnerabilities.
The Internet Security Research Group recently said that it would be using Rust to re-write a core TLS module for httpd to help boost the security of the core web technology.
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