Rust hits the mainstream

Rust hits the mainstream
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The Rust embedded programming language has been moved to an independent foundation, marking its move to the mainstream.
By Nick Flaherty


Rust was developed as part of the Mozilla open source foundation that produces Firefox, starting in 2010 and releasing 1.0 in 2015. The language has gained traction in embedded designs as the memory management is less vulnerable to hacking and it scales well for code in the Internet of Things (IoT). 

The board members of the foundation are meeting today for the first time. These board members include supporters from Amazon AWS, Huawei, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla as well as members of the core development team.

“This marks a huge step in the growth of Rust on several axes; not the least of which, a formal, financial commitment from a set of global industry leading companies, heralding Rust’s arrival as an enterprise production-ready technology,” said Ashley Williams, Interim Executive Director and Core Team Member at the foundation.

Mozilla has transferred all trademark and infrastructure assets, including the package registry, to the Rust Foundation.

“Over the last decade, Rust, the programming language, has been a barrier-breaking technology- deconstructing previously assumed-immovable tradeoffs and binary oppositions,” said Williams.

“Rust is so much more than a programming language and a community- Rust also represents a new, radical, way to collaborate on open source projects. The decision making power within the Rust project is uniquely delegated and distributed; with the core team holding little more privilege than other more specialized teams,” he said.

Rust was developed as an open source language and has over 100 team members as leaders in the design and maintenance of the project, shepherding nearly 6000 contributors to the rust-lang/rust repository alone since the project’s first release.

“We no longer need to evangelize the use of open source software to the largest and most influential players in our industry; we can assume it,” said Williams. “Our challenge is a new one. We need to support and prepare our maintainers and open governance structures to support what promises to be a period of record breaking growth and adoption. The Rust Foundation seeks to centre and stabilize the experiences of the amazing people who are responsible for making Rust what it is today, and to generalize and establish a healthier maintainer experience and ecology.”

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