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    SubjectRe: CONFIG_RANDOM option for 1.99.2

    On Wed, 15 May 1996, Martin Mares wrote:

    > Hi,
    > > > The random generator is sometimes used inside the kernel itself
    > > > -- for example in my BOOTP code. I think it isn't a good idea to allow
    > > > disabling it.
    > >
    > > It is not used SOMETIMES in the kernel but ONLY in BOOTP and there it is
    > > incredibble overkill (IMHO.)
    > OK. There really should be a kernel-level random number generator, because
    > it's useful in many kernel parts related to networking (although they usually
    > generate the numbers themselves for now). On the other side, we probably
    > should make the current high-quality (but high-overhead) generator optional
    > and create a kernel-level interface to a 32-bit generator using the
    > high-quality one if it's present or something else (a simple linear
    > congruential generator?) instead if it isn't.
    > Martin
    I subscribe to this with both hand's :-) Or to say it otherwise: I agree
    compleatly with this view.


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