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Sun logs thousands of DTrace downloads

In its first 40 hours as publicly available source code, Sun's DTrace component of the Solaris 10 OS was downloaded 3,683 times, firm says.

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In its first 40 hours as publicly available source code, Sun Microsystems' was downloaded 3,683 times, Sun said Thursday. Sun is trying to use DTrace--Dynamic Tracing software that lets the technically savvy dig into running software in order to clear up performance bottlenecks--as a teaser to get programmers interested in the open-source Solaris project.

"Sun is very pleased by the large amount of initial interest in OpenSolaris," the company said in a statement about the downloads. Also, in an effort to dispel some of the mysteries of the 90,000 or so lines of DTrace code, developer Bryan Cantrill offered a guided tour of the DTrace source code Tuesday.