New Google Linux Project Would Make It Harder to Hack OSes

The project runs on the Rust programming language

Google said it will fund a new Linux project designed to make systems like Android and Chrome OS harder to hack. 

First reported by CNET on Thursday, the Rust programming language (designed by Mozilla in 2017 to be more secure) will be integrated into the main component of the Linux operating system, known as the kernel. Since the Linux kernel is a free and open-source interface, the new project could benefit not only Android and Chrome, but other software and systems, as well. 

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The Rust programming language would replace the C programming language, which has been the default Linux language since the beginning of the operating system. 

Google reportedly is paying for the contract with the Internet Security Research Group, according to CNET. The research group previously has worked to help secure website communications, such as the Let’s Encrypt project, which issues certificates to websites to make them more secure. 

This new Linux project would mean more security for the average user and less chance of being hacked. 

There’s no information on when the project could come to fruition. Lifewire has reached out to Google for comment, and is awaiting a response. 

"This new Linux project would mean more security for the average user and less chance of being hacked." 

Linux first debuted as Google’s operating system in 1991 and now has different distributions. However, according to GlobalStats Statcounter, it is now the sixth most used operating system, with Android, Windows, and iOS taking the top three spots. 

However, experts have deemed Linux as the most secure operating system over its more popular competitors. So if the new Linux project succeeds, it would make the OS even more secure than it already is, which is a big deal for Linux users. 

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