Mozilla is collaborating with Samsung on a Web browser engine called Servo.
“Servo is an attempt to rebuild the Web browser from the ground up on modern hardware”, says Brendan Eich, CTO of Mozilla, in a blog post. This means addressing the causes of security vulnerabilities while designing a platform that can fully utilize the performance of tomorrow’s massively parallel hardware, Mr, Eich clarifies.
Servo is written in Rust, a new systems language developed by Mozilla along with a growing community of enthusiasts. Samsung and Mozilla are bringing both the Rust programming language and Servo, the experimental web browser engine, to Android and ARM. Samsung has already contributed an ARM backend to Rust and the build infrastructure necessary to cross-compile to Android.
Rust, which has currently reached v0.6, has been in development for several years and is rapidly approaching stability, says Mozilla.