Mozilla’s low-level language Rust, a secure and speedy competitor to C/C++ in both applications and systems programming, unveiled its 1.5 version yesterday. The news comes hot on the heels of Mozilla canceling further work on its Firefox OS project — a sign that Mozilla’s time and effort may be better spent building groundbreaking new ecosystems instead of trying to copy existing ones.
The big update for Rust 1.5 is a change to the Cargo application-packaging system. Typing cargo install allows apps hosted on crates.io to be installed on the local system. It’s similar to how the pip install command is used in Python to fetch and install libraries from the official Python repositories.