btleplug VS Rust-for-Linux

Compare btleplug vs Rust-for-Linux and see what are their differences.

btleplug

Rust Cross-Platform Host-Side Bluetooth LE Access Library (by deviceplug)

Rust-for-Linux

Adding support for the Rust language to the Linux kernel. (by Rust-for-Linux)
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btleplug Rust-for-Linux
10 80
735 3,846
2.6% 0.8%
6.2 0.0
7 days ago 7 days ago
Rust C
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
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btleplug

Posts with mentions or reviews of btleplug. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-05-03.
  • Butts Are Difficult
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 21 Jul 2024
    You're absolutely correct! I mention this elsewhere in the documentation even. Buttplug really is just a userland HID manager at its core. The only specialized part is the context of commands we send to devices.

    The original plan (and it may still happen, who knows) was to figure out a way to chop off that top message layer and create a generalized system for doing exactly what you've said. That was going to be called 'deviceplug', and it's why btleplug is under the 'deviceplug' org on github (https://github.com/deviceplug/btleplug). I've just never gotten around to it because I'm not quite ready for the additional support burden yet.

    All that said, Buttplug is also a haptics experimentation project aimed at finding out what it's like to create a way to communicate about a very specific type of touch via technology and programming. There are specific goals within the project related to that, but the amount of tech required to actually pull that off means I end up with what basically amounts of a fleet management framework. :)

  • Just an innocent mistake
    2 projects | /r/ProgrammerHumor | 3 May 2023
    In case someone is curious: https://github.com/deviceplug/btleplug/pull/279/files
  • Is the Rust ecosystem capable of making a cross-platform mobile game with p2p Bluetooth yet?
    3 projects | /r/rust_gamedev | 11 Feb 2023
    Is something wrong with https://github.com/deviceplug/btleplug or you haven't found it? You could also use bindings to platform libraries like https://github.com/microsoft/windows-rs and https://github.com/rust-mobile/ndk if btleplug doesn't have something fundamental to you.
  • Show HN: Hacking Bluetooth to Brew Coffee in GitHub Actions
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 6 Dec 2022
  • Deldo is a sex toy control and teledildonics mode for Emacs
    7 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 12 Nov 2021
    One of the worst/best parts of buttplug is that I ended up needed to maintain my own Bluetooth LE library: btleplug (https://github.com/deviceplug/btleplug).

    Worst because working with bluetooth is always THE WORST, best because of the submissions and community that've grown around it.

    There's 2 types of PRs to btleplug:

    - People going "here's a PR but uh, why is the library named btleplWAIT WHAT"

    - People going "here is a PR specifically to fix something in Buttplug thank you"

  • btleplug (cross-platform bluetooth LE rust library) v0.8 released, now with async!
    2 projects | /r/rust | 29 Jul 2021
  • BLEZ - Asynchronous interface to official Bluetooth Low Energy APIs on Linux (BlueZ)
    2 projects | /r/rust | 30 May 2021
    "In its dev branch"
  • Android's new Bluetooth stack rewrite (Gabeldorsh) is written with Rust
    3 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 31 Mar 2021
    I've always been annoyed at the cross-platform story for Bluetooth. GATT is one of my favorite protocols because it is so simple, but writing simple code against this simple protocol is _not_ portable:

    iOS and macOS have CoreBluetooth, Linux has BlueZ, Windows has Windows.Devices.Bluetooth and Android has android.bluetooth.

    I've seen a few projects trying to fix this, like https://github.com/deviceplug/btleplug, and I hope one of them becomes production ready.

  • Buttplug-rs Hits V1 Milestone
    2 projects | /r/rust | 28 Dec 2020
    But, that's an ongoing problem. In terms of "done", I think the next big milestone will be mobile app support. We work on mobile web browsers in a couple of different ways, but Buttplug still needs app support, both native and for things like cordova/react native/etc... The biggest issue there at the moment lies in our bluetooth library (btleplug, https://github.com/deviceplug/btleplug), because getting the FFI via JNI to android is going to suck (even though I can crib off Servo's WebBluetooth impl, which worked on Android).

Rust-for-Linux

Posts with mentions or reviews of Rust-for-Linux. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-02-18.
  • Rust for Linux
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 24 Jun 2024
  • The Linux Kernel Prepares for Rust 1.77 Upgrade
    9 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 18 Feb 2024
    Rust is backwards compatible when you stick to stable features, but the kernel uses unstable features that can and do incur breaking changes.

    https://github.com/Rust-for-Linux/linux/issues/2

  • Rust in Linux Kernel
    1 project | /r/ThePrimeagenReact | 8 Oct 2023
  • Mark Russinovich: “Working towards enabling Windows driver development in Rust”
    7 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 23 Sep 2023
    > How would this work?

    Don't know exactly what you're asking.

    > And why would it be a better idea?

    Poorly written device drivers are a significant attack vector. It's one of the reasons Linux is now exploring using Rust for its own device drivers.[0] You may be asking -- why Rust and not some other language? Rust has many of the performance and interoperability advantages of C and C++, but as noted, makes certain classes of memory safety issues impossible. Rust also has significant mindshare among systems programming communities.

    [0]: https://rust-for-linux.com

  • The Linux Kernel Module Programming Guide
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 1 May 2023
    Ctrl-F "rust"

    https://rust-for-linux.com/ links to LWN articles at https://lwn.net/Kernel/Index/#Development_tools-Rust that suggest that only basic modules are yet possible with the rust support in Linux kernels 6.2 and 6.3.

    Rust-for-linux links to the Android binder module though:

    > Android Binder Driver: This project is an effort to rewrite Android's Binder kernel driver in Rust.

    > Motivation: Binder is one of the most security and performance critical components of Android. Android isolates apps from each other and the system by assigning each app a unique user ID (UID). This is called "application sandboxing", and is a fundamental tenet of the Android Platform Security Model.

    > The majority of inter-process communication (IPC) on Android goes through Binder. Thus, memory unsafety vulnerabilities are especially critical when they happen in the Binder driver

    ... "Rust in the Linux kernel" (2021) https://security.googleblog.com/2021/04/rust-in-linux-kernel... :

    > [...] We also need designs that allow code in the two languages to interact with each other: we're particularly interested in safe, zero-cost abstractions that allow Rust code to use kernel functionality written in C, and how to implement functionality in idiomatic Rust that can be called seamlessly from the C portions of the kernel.

    > Since Rust is a new language for the kernel, we also have the opportunity to enforce best practices in terms of documentation and uniformity. For example, we have specific machine-checked requirements around the usage of unsafe code: for every unsafe function, the developer must document the requirements that need to be satisfied by callers to ensure that its usage is safe; additionally, for every call to unsafe functions (or usage of unsafe constructs like dereferencing a raw pointer), the developer must document the justification for why it is safe to do so.

    > We'll now show how such a driver would be implemented in Rust, contrasting it with a C implementation. [...]

    This guide with unsafe rust that calls into the C, and then with next gen much safer rust right next to it would be a helpful resource too.

    What of the post-docker container support (with userspaces also written in go) should be cloned to rust first?

  • Teknisk karrierevej i Danmark som softwareudvikler
    1 project | /r/dkfinance | 8 Apr 2023
  • The state of Flatpak security: major Projects are the worst?
    3 projects | /r/flatpak | 20 Feb 2023
    Rust-for-Linux issue tracker
  • rust devs in a nutshell
    2 projects | /r/ProgrammerHumor | 14 Feb 2023
  • Rustproofing Linux (Part 1/4 Leaking Addresses)
    2 projects | /r/rust | 10 Feb 2023
    Yes, I definitely agree that it's a problem that pr_info implicitly wraps its arguments in unsafe {}. I wrote my own Pull Request with a trival fix.
  • how to compile a rust "hello world" with kernel 6.1?
    2 projects | /r/rust | 23 Dec 2022
    Note that this template won't work with Linux 6.1, which has very minimal Rust support. You'll want the RustForLinux tree, or maybe Linux 6.2.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing btleplug and Rust-for-Linux you can also consider the following projects:

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cxx - Safe interop between Rust and C++

rfcs - RFCs for changes to Rust

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gccrs - GCC Front-End for Rust

deldo - Deldo is a sex toy control and teledildonics mode for Emacs

dafny - Dafny is a verification-aware programming language

tpscube - An application for tracking cube solves

rustig - A tool to detect code paths leading to Rust's panic handler

ndk - Rust bindings to the Android NDK

koka - Koka language compiler and interpreter

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