Mozilla and Samsung have joined hands to develop the next generation web browser engine. The new web browsers engine, named Servo, will take “take advantage of tomorrow’s faster, multi-core, heterogeneous computing architectures.”
Mozilla Research aims to rebuild the web browser with a dynamic engine that can take advantage of modern hardware, and at the same time address the causes of security vulnerability. To achieve these goals, Mozilla has written Servo in a new programming language named Rust, “a new, safe systems language developed by Mozilla.”
Both Servo and Rust are now ready for ARM and Android. Mozilla has achieved this milestone with the help of Samsung, which “contributed an ARM backend to Rust and the build infrastructure necessary to cross-compile to Android, along with many other improvements.” The sources for Rust and Servo are now available at Github.
Mozilla aims to clean up, document the libraries, build tools to improve user experience, and beef up performance of Rust in the coming year. During the same time, Mozilla wants to build a fast and secure web browser on top of Servo. The other partner – Samsung – would work on integrating Rust and Servo on mobile platforms.
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