How does Windows GnuPG generate random numbers on keygen?

Peter Constantinidis
Tue Feb 12 17:58:01 2002

I was wondering this because back in '97 when I generated a PGP key using
the 'slow' method I had to move the mouse, tap keys, etc. to generate
entropy and then wait a while while it calculated a key.

In the options file it makes reference to unix random number generators =
doesn't mention how Windows operates..

Also keygen on GnuPG seems awfully fast.. granted I have an XP 1700 which
is a significant improvement from what I had in '97, but still shouldn't =
take longer than a few seconds to generate a 2048 key?