Building a Slack/Discord alternative with Tauri/Rust

Linen, a search engine friendly Slack alternative for communities, has launched its Mac and Windows Desktop clients built on Tauri, an open-source Electron alternative that is built on Rust. Compared to Electron, Tauri promises more performant and secure desktop clients by using a Webview that allows native browser’s webviews instead of shipping with Chromium. While Tauri was quick to set up, the team at Linen had to refactor their components out from NextJS to build a desktop client. Despite additional work, Linen’s experience with Tauri has been overall positive with bundle size of Mac and Windows clients at 4.17 MB and 4.13 MB, respectively.

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