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SubjectRe: CONFIG_RANDOM (compromise?)
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Dear Lauri,
you wrote:
> On Fri, 24 May 1996, Martin.Dalecki wrote:
> > On Fri, 24 May 1996, Herbert Rosmanith wrote:
[snip]
> > > all right then. I really have no need for /dev/random. Anyone else ?
> > >
> > Personaly I have no need for it too.
> >
> If we go on dropping off useless stuff there are a _lot_ of candidates
> from me...
> - dec alpha stuff
> - mips stuff
> - amiga stuff
> - ide disks
> - all cdroms exept scsi
> - ftape
> I DONT NEED THEM so ergo they are useless. :)
>
> Lauri Tischler Network Admin -- email = ltischler@efore.fi --
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>
but you missed one point here. Having to download it is one thing, having
to compile it another, having it in the kernel memory a third, having to run it a fourth.

(1) As what you mentioned is in the kernel distrib, this has now close to
4 disks - well, I don't mind too much.
(2) I never tried to compile the DEC stuff
(3) I threw away all CDrom support I don't need - it's optional, so I said NO!

(4) Can't we make /dev/random an option for those who need it? Just like
IPX and IP filtering stuff my standalone LINUX box will never need?

BTW: even parallel printer support is an option, and it is turned off by default ;-)

+--+ Hartmut

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Hartmut Niemann
niemann@cip.e-technik.uni-erlangen.de
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