Mozilla has been sponsoring the Rust programming language for more than a decade, while in 2020 as part of Mozilla’s major layoff round, most of the Rust team was released along with dropping the Servo web engine team. After that, plans were drawn up to establish the Rust Foundation as an independent entity.
This non-profit organization for managing the Rust programming language ecosystem is now launching its first board meeting set for this week. The first board of the Rust Foundation includes board members from the founding member companies of AWS, Huawei, Microsoft, Google and Mozilla. There are also five directors from the project management.
These founding member companies will be sponsoring the Rust work. Mozilla has transferred the trademark and all infrastructure elements (including the Crates.io repository) to the Rust Foundation.
More information about the formation of the Rust Foundation to take Rust forward can be found at foundation.rust-lang.org.