Usually release announcements go together with the actual release. Somehow, I’ve postponed writing about the new release for quite some time, but better late than never.
spass is a tool that creates cryptographically strong passwords and passphrases by generating random bits from your sound card. It works by passing noise from the sound card through a Von Neumann process to remove bias and then uses MD5 to “distill” a truly random bit from every 4 bits of input.
The new version of
spass, version 3.1, was released two months ago. The code should now compile easily on both Linux (ALSA, OSS and PortAudio backends) and Windows (only PortAudio is supported). There is some minor tweaks to the CLI, but the main part is a new Qt interface, screenshots of it available on the project’s SourceForge page. I’ve also migrated the build system to CMake (from automake) which should make it easier to build.
You can download the sources, 64bit Debian package and binaries for windows from here. If you use
spass and create binary packages for more platforms, it will be great.
BTW as you can see I’ve migrated the code to SourceForge from GitHub. I know it not a popular move, but their lack of binary downloads is really frustrating.