Feeds

DTrace ready to leave Solaris nest for FreeBSD

Port Aid

Mobile application security vulnerability report

DTrace, considered one of the finest features in the Solaris 10 operating system, is being ported to FreeBSD following Sun Microsystems' decision to open source its software.

Developer Devon O'Dell has committed to port Sun's Dynamic Tracing tool, used by systems administrators to debug applications and optimize performance of Solaris 10 servers, to FreeBSD.

DTrace code has been handed to the community as a result of Sun's decision to take Solaris open source, along with its middleware, single sign-on and digital rights management software.

While there has been talk of porting DTrace before, one Sun representative said O'Dell is the first to start work in earnest on the project. Bryan Cantrill, a Sun engineer who helped with internal development of DTrace, said Sun's team is ready to help. Cantrill noted on his blog one potential area of difficulty could be dependencies between DTrace and several "Solaris-specific" system components.

O'Dell has welcomed aid offers, but added he requires some time to figure out what needs to be done.

O'Dell is reported to have said his goal is that all scripts and applications that DTrace utilizes when running in its native Solaris environment should run on FreeBSD without any changes. The project is expected to serve as an alternative to FreeBSD's existing ktrace, which is regarded as relatively limited in scope.®

Bootnote

Cantrill - aka inventor of the Ronco kernel grill and vacuum - was just named one of MIT's top geeks under 35.

The Power of One Infographic

More from The Register

next story
KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer
Melty but refreshing - popular rival to Mint's Cinnamon's still a work in progress
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU
On-by-default INMEMORY tech a boon for developers ... as long as they can afford it
Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY
Web devs, Mozilla really wants you to like this one
Google shows off new Chrome OS look
Athena springs full-grown from Chromium project's head
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.