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    SubjectRe: [PATCH][RFC] Allow net devices to contribute to /dev/random
    On Mon, 2001-10-01 at 10:43, Pavel Machek wrote:
    > > Obviously the timer interrupt would be the worst idea ever. Its the
    > > same value (HZ) on almost all versions of Linux (Alpha being on example
    > > where it is not the same).
    > Actually, not quite. On 2.4.9 system, console kept interrupts disabled
    > for so long that timer interrupt was pretty good source of randomness.

    That is pretty sad, to be honest :)

    Besides, on some systems interrupts may rarely be disabled -- its too
    hard to tell. We don't want another config option, do we? :)

    Also, 2.4.10 merged Andrew Morton's console-locking patch, so one can
    hope the console's latency is improved.

    Robert M. Love
    rml at
    rml at

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