Article from Issue 267/2023

In the news: Initial Support for Rust in the Linux Kernel; 4MLinux 41.0 Now Stable; Xfce 4.18; Orange Pi Board Has Arch-Based Linux Distribution in the Works; The New StarFighter Linux Laptop; Critical Escalation Vulnerability Found in the Linux Kernel; and AlmaLinux 8.7.

Initial Support for Rust in the Linux Kernel is Finally Released

Linus Torvalds finally announced that the latest LTS version of the Linux kernel (version 6.1) includes the initial support for the Rust programming language that recently has been hyped ( This, of course, comes on the heels of what Torvalds calls the "merge window from hell," thanks to the holidays and his pre-holiday travel.

On this, Torvalds announced he would be very strict with the merge window rules, saying "The rules are that the pull requests sent to me during the merge window should have been ready _before_ the merge window and have seen some time in linux-next. No last-minute batch of experimental new development that hasn't been seen by our test automation."

Of course, the big news for Linux 6.1 is the inclusion of experimental Rust support. It's important to know that this is very much still in the early phase of development, so the implications aren't nearly as game-changing as you might think. This is the very basic implementation of Rust in the kernel, so don't expect to find new and improved Rust-built drivers functioning within the kernel.


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