Apple will release the source code underlying its Swift programming language, a move that could broaden the user base for the new language

When Swift becomes open source later this year, programmers will be able to compile Swift programs to run on Linux as well as on OS X and iOS, said Craig Federighi, Apple’s head of software engineering, during the opening keynote of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Monday in San Francisco.

The source code will include the Swift compiler and standard library, and community contributions will be “accepted—and encouraged,” Apple said.

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