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Author larry
Recipients Colm Buckley, doko, larry, lemburg, martin.panter, matejcik, ned.deily, rhettinger, skrah, thomas-petazzoni, vstinner, ztane
Date 2016-06-06.20:24:44
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Speaking as the 3.5 RM, I suppose I have to have an opinion.  I don't think "Python now uses a better source of randomness to seed the random module at startup" is a major feature.  It's a nice-to-have, not a must-have.  And people who care about good randomness (e.g. people doing crypto with the random module) shouldn't be relying on the freebie initialization they get just by importing.

So I think changing the default is fine, especially if the new default is "seed from the entropy pool, but if it's empty failover to the not-as-good source of random bits".  If you think that's a bad move, please add your comments here--I'm willing to have my mind changed about this.

I'll remind you: the schedule says I tag 3.5.2 RC 1 this coming Saturday (almost exactly six days from now).  Naturally I'd prefer to make the release on time.
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