Mozilla Open Source Support programme awards grant for the Routinator

Published: Mon 07 January 2019

We are incredibly excited to announce that the Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) programme has awarded a grant for the development of the Routinator, NLnet Labs’ RPKI Relying Party software that helps make Internet routing more secure.

The MOSS awards programme supports open source projects that contribute to Mozilla’s work and the health of the Internet. Specifically for the MOSS Mission Partners track, Mozilla looks for projects that are closely aligned with its own mission.

We are also very grateful to the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), who endorsed us during the application process. AMS-IX was one of the world’s first Internet Exchanges to offer RPKI-based filtering on their route server platform.

With the MOSS award, we will be able to develop the Routinator into a lean, stable and feature-rich RPKI relying party package. Over the course of 2019, we will be providing packages for major Operating Systems, integration with alerting and monitoring services, configuration management, a web-based user interface, a RESTful API and much more.

We also want to take this opportunity to thank Mozilla for their pivotal role in supporting the Rust programming language. The RPKI toolset, which includes the Routinator, is the first major project that we are building exclusively in Rust. At its core Rust is a systems language that combines C level performance with modern high level elements, such as a strong type system, error handling, and concurrency. Besides all this the Rust build system and dependency management system are superb.

Mozilla is the fourth organisation to join in funding the development of our RPKI toolset. This kind of community support is incredibly valuable to a non-profit foundation like ours. It enables us to commit long term resources to the project and build it to the standards that you have come to expect from NLnet Labs.

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