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Re: the importance of rust-build-system [Fwd: [tor-dev] Tor in a safer l

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: the importance of rust-build-system [Fwd: [tor-dev] Tor in a safer language: Network team update from Amsterdam]
Date: Sun, 02 Apr 2017 00:22:14 +0200
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Leo Famulari <address@hidden> skribis:

> On Sat, Apr 01, 2017 at 07:58:41AM +0000, ng0 wrote:
>> tor is seriously considering to switch to rust. I have my own open
>> bugs / roadmap points which depend on our rust-build-system working.
>> tor will not switch immediately, but it shows the importance of having a
>> working rust-build-system. Firefox will switch at some point.
> It's immediately important because the latest version of librsvg (used
> to create the GuixSD GRUB background image) is written in Rust. We could
> even update that package "the hard way", without a full
> rust-build-system.

For librsvg and Tor, a switch to Rust is both good news and bad news:
it’s good news because using a memory-safe language is indeed a wise
decision, but it’s bad news because it introduces a single point of
trust (opaque Rust binaries built by Mozilla) in our dependency graph.


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