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posted by martyb on Monday July 13 2020, @08:41PM   Printer-friendly

Linus Torvalds' Initial Comment On Rust Code Prospects Within The Linux Kernel

Kernel developers appear to be eager to debate the merits of potentially allowing Rust code within the Linux kernel. Linus Torvalds himself has made some initial remarks on the topic ahead of the Linux Plumbers 2020 conference where the matter will be discussed at length.

[...] Linus Torvalds chimed in though with his own opinion on the matter. Linus commented that he would like it to be effectively enabled by default to ensure there is widespread testing and not any isolated usage where developers then may do "crazy" things. He isn't calling for Rust to be a requirement for the kernel but rather if the Rust compiler is detected on the system, Kconfig would enable the Rust support and go ahead in building any hypothetical Rust kernel code in order to see it's properly built at least.

Linus Torvalds Wishes Intel's AVX-512 A Painful Death

According to a mailing list post spotted by Phoronix, Linux creator Linus Torvalds has shared his strong views on the AVX-512 instruction set. The discussion arose as a result of recent news that Intel's upcoming Alder Lake processors reportedly lack support for AVX-512.

Torvalds' advice to Intel is to focus on things that matter instead of wasting resources on new instruction sets, like AVX-512, that he feels aren't beneficial outside the HPC market.

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by NickM on Monday July 13 2020, @09:29PM (4 children)

    by NickM (2867) Subscriber Badge on Monday July 13 2020, @09:29PM (#1020714) Journal
    Your wrong on the managed aspect of Rust, it dosen't use a GC, doesn't possess runtime reflection and like C++ it has a zero-cost abstraction model; zero cost if you exclude the geological compilations times and the cognitive load of having a complex evolving language. Go, like JVM and CLR languages, is a managed language, it use a GC and has runtime reflection.
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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 13 2020, @10:36PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 13 2020, @10:36PM (#1020787)

    ... zero cost if you exclude the geological compilations times and the cognitive load of having a complex evolving language.

    Dude. Like, we are nerds, right?! We don't do subtlety too good, you know?

    Don't post comment like that again. In the medieval times, your sort got hunged, and rightfully so.

    • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 14 2020, @01:51AM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 14 2020, @01:51AM (#1020919)

      I've been hung all my life

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 14 2020, @03:39AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 14 2020, @03:39AM (#1021018)

        Ladies?

        A well hung man is hard to find.

      • (Score: 2) by Bot on Wednesday July 15 2020, @12:48PM

        by Bot (3902) on Wednesday July 15 2020, @12:48PM (#1021865) Journal

        That's what she said, sarcastically.

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