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Old 07-18-2012, 03:01 AM
"Pedro I. Sanchez"
 
Default Bug#662736: ITP: maxwell -- entropy-gathering daemon

Package: wnpp
Followup-For: Bug #662736
Owner: "Pedro I. Sanchez" <psanchez@fosstel.com>

Package: wnpp
Followup-For: Bug #662736
Owner: "Pedro I. Sanchez" <psanchez@fosstel.com>

Package: wnpp
Followup-For: Bug #662736
Owner: "Pedro I. Sanchez" <psanchez@fosstel.com>

Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist

* Package name : maxwell
Version : 1.2-1
Upstream Author : Sandy Harris <sandyinchina@gmail.com>
* URL : ftp://ftp.cs.sjtu.edu.cn:990/sandy/maxwell/
* License : GPL v2
Programming Language : C
* Description : entropy-gathering daemon

Daemon to gather entropy from a timer and feed it to random(4).

maxwell collects randomness from the small variations in a system
timer, distills it into a concentrated form, and sends it to random (4).

The amount of output varies with the parameters chosen, but is
generally a few K bits per second. The quality is intended to be very high.
Both volume and quality should be adequate for most applications.

There are a number of other ways to feed entropy to random (4).
The advantage of maxwell is that it is small, simple and only minimally
hardware-dependent. The other methods also have advantages, and in many
cases one of them will be preferable to this one.


The package can be found on mentors.debian.net:

http://mentors.debian.net/package/maxwell

This is an inital release.

TODO:

* Package to consider the fact that maxwell is a daemon.
* Create binaries for accompanying test programs.


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