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SubjectRe: CONFIG_RANDOM option for 1.99.2


On Mon, 13 May 1996, Theodore Ts'o wrote:

> The original reason I didn't provide a CONFIG_RANDOM was because I
> wanted security-oriented applications (i.e., Netscape, PGP, Kerberos,
> etc.) to be able to assume that if they were on Linux, /dev/linux would
> always be present. Good, secure numbers are absolutely vital for

Do You really think that they will be aware of such an Linux *SPECIFIC*
animal?

> The random driver also isn't all that big, and the overhead of the
> add_XXX_randomness() calls were designed to be as small as possible.

That's compleatly wrong!! It is now about 16KBytes. More than the floppy
driver, more that the ide driver, more than the CD-ROM drivers....
This is compleatly inacceptable for such an arcane FEATURE like this
(IMHO).
Marcin


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