As they do at almost every Open Source Summit, Dirk Hohndel, chief open source officer at the Cardano Foundation, and Linus Torvalds, Linux's founder, talked about all things Linux and the keynote discussion at Open Source Summit Europe in Dublin Thursday. Usually, it's interesting, but there's no breaking news. “Usually.” This time was different. Torvalds announced that he would propose adding Rust to the next Linux kernel, Linux 6.1, at the Linux Kernel Maintainers Summit later today.

Linus Torvalds: Rust may make it into the next Linux kernel after all

Speaking this morning at The Linux Foundation's Open-Source Summit, Linus Torvalds talked up the possibilities of Rust within the Linux kernel and that it could be landing quite soon – possibly even for the next kernel cycle.

Linus Torvalds and Dirk Hohndel had their usual Open-Source Summit keynote/chat where Linus commented on Rust programming language code within the kernel.

Torvalds commented that real soon they expect to have the Rust infrastructure merged within the kernel, possibly even for the next release – meaning Linux 5.20.

Linus Torvalds: Rust For The Kernel Could Possibly Be Merged For Linux 5.20

Torvalds said, “I'd like to see the Rust infrastructure merging to be started in the next release, but we'll see.” The next Linux release would be Linux 5.20. Torvalds and the other Linux kernel maintainers are currently working on Linux 5.19.

The average time between new mainline kernel releases is 9 to 10 weeks. That means we'll probably see 5.19 in early August. Then, if all goes well, we'd see Rust in 5.20 in late October or early November 2022. - Linus Torvalds is cautiously optimistic about bringing Rust into Linux kernel's next release