[pycrypto] Idea: pycrypto user survey

Thorsten Behrens sbehrens at gmx.li
Tue Jan 11 07:18:29 CST 2011

The survey has been changed, those changes and additions are in.

I'd like to hold off on adding any more questions to the survey at this 
point. I don't want to turn people off by taking too much of their time.

On 1/9/2011 1:37 PM, Legrandin wrote:
> Hi Thorsten,
> Good idea.
> In the library list, replace radio button with checkboxes: one might
> be using more than one.The widely used M2crypto is also missing.
> I would personally like to know whether library users are interesting
> in crypto primitives
> a) to be natively compiled to be as fast as they can be, even at the
> cost of portability (e.g. requiring external libraries)
> b) to be natively compiled to be moderately fast, provided that the
> library is self-contained
> c) to be in pure Python, even at the cost of speed
> d) to be available in all forms above, opportunistically selected in
> order a->b-c depending on the target environment
> It's also interesting to know - in case of external libraries being
> used - how important the library license (LGPL, GPL, BSD, etc) and the
> source code language (C, C++, assembly) are.
> Finally, I would structure the second page differently. Instead of a
> list of primitives, I would have categories like
> - Widely used and secure crypto primitives (AES, 3DES, RSA, DSA, SHA-2, etc)
> - Widely used but known-to-have-a-problem crypto primitives (MD5, DES,
> RC2, RC4, SHA-1, etc)
> - Seldom used but secure crypto primitives (Blowfish, Camellia, etc)
> - Useful, ad-hoc low-level algorithms which can be non-secure if you
> don't know what you are going (El Gamal, qNew, etc)
> - Widely used and secure higher-level protocols (e.g. PKCS#1 signature
> and encryption, HMAC, etc)
> Legrandin
> 2011/1/7 Thorsten Behrens<sbehrens at gmx.li>:
>> Hello folk,
>> I had an idea: How about we find out who uses pycrypto, and how, and
>> what they would like to see in future versions?
>> This might be quite helpful in deciding the direction pycrypto
>> development should take. I figured I'd ask for participation on
>> python-discuss and python-crypto, and hope that no-one is going to take
>> that as an invitation to try and bring my web server down.
>> I've put a quick sample survey up at:
>> http://pycrypto-survey.warshaft.com/index.php?sid=96342&newtest=Y&lang=en
>> Please take a look and let me know:
>> - Whether you think a survey is a good idea in the first place
>> - And if so, which changes if any you'd like to see made to the survey
>> before it is activated and throw to the Python masses
>> Thanks!
>> Thorsten
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