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  • Latest patches show Rust for Linux project making great strides towards the kernel [Ed: Linux is besieged by monopolies]

    Ojeda also mentioned that Microsoft's Linux Systems Group is contributing and hopes to submit "select Hyper-V drivers written in Rust." Arm is promising assistance with Rust for Linux on ARM-based systems. IBM has contributed Rust kernel support for its PowerPC processor.

  • ASUS Laptop dGPU Toggling, eGPU Handling, Panel Overdrive Patches For Linux - Phoronix

    A set of Linux kernel patches to the asus-wmi driver are pending that improve the support for newer ASUS gaming laptops.

    The ASUS WMI driver patches sent out today by independent developer Luke jones wire up support for panel overdrive, dGPU disabling/toggling, and eGPU enabling for relevant newer ASUS laptops.

    The panel overdrive support is for select ASUS laptops that allow driving the LCD panel slightly faster in order to eliminate/reduce ghosting artifacts.

  • [Old] Torvalds hopes future Linux 5.13 release candidates will ‘start shrinking’

    Linux creator Linus Torvalds has expressed mild concern over the size of kernel 5.13 following its fifth release candidate.

    “Hmm,” Torvalds opened his latest State of the Kernel post. “Things haven’t really started to calm down very much yet, but rc5 seems to be fairly average in size. I’m hoping things will start shrinking now.”

    In April, Torvalds warned that 5.13 would likely be “making up” for the smaller release of 5.12 – a position he maintained following the release of the first release candidate.

Rust in the Linux kernel

  • Rust in the Linux kernel: good enough for driver development
  • Google's Linux challenger just got a hugely useful update

    The Rust for Linux initiative made significant progress after lead developer Miguel Ojeda sent in a revised set of patches to shore up support for adding Rust as a secondary programming language within the Linux kernel.

    Ojeda has been spearheading the initiative and his work is now sponsored by Google, who along with a large section of developers, are pushing for Rust to be used in the Linux kernel, especially in areas where security and memory safety are of utmost importance.

    The set of 17 patches lay the groundwork for the initiative with important components such as a beta Rust compiler, an example driver, and more.

  • Programming languages: Rust in the Linux kernel takes another step forwards

    The Google-backed project to make Rust a second programming language in Linux kernel development after C just took it's next big step.

    Key to the project is Spain-based developer Miguel Ojeda, who's been leading the charge to bring Mozilla-hatched systems programming language Rust to the Linux kernel.

SD Times

  • SD Times news digest: TypeScript 4.4 beta, Rust support improvements in Linux kernel, Sauce Labs acquires Backtrace

    The Linux kernel received several major improvements to overall Rust support including removed panicking allocations, added support for the beta compiler as well as testing.

    The goal with the improvements is to have everything the kernel needs in the upstream ‘alloc’ and to drop it from the kernel tree. ‘Alloc’ is now compiled with panicking allocation methods disabled, so that they cannot be used within the kernel by mistake.

    As for compiler support, Linux is now using the 1.54-beta1 version as its reference compiler. At the end of this month, `rustc` 1.54 will be released, and the kernel will move to that version as the new reference.

    Additional details on all of the support improvements are available here.

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