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Rustboot: A 32-Bit Kernel Written In Rust

Mozilla

Published on 27 May 2013 12:53 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Mozilla
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Rust, the general purpose programming language developed by Mozilla for being a safe, concurrent, and practical language, can even be used to write a system kernel.

Rust has been around for a few years now though it's adoption hasn't been too widespread yet. For those unfamiliar with the language, visit Rust-Lang.org.

The interesting project pointed out by a Phoronix reader today is Rustboot, a tiny 32-bit kernel written in Rust. This kernel can run within QEMU and is written entirely in Rust, but it doesn't do too much right now. As said in the project's read-me, "It paints the screen bright red and then hangs. That's it."

Those wanting to check out this toy Rust kernel can see its GitHub project page.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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