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Re: Finding firmware (and SHA sums etc), was Re: Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Arch Linux recognize my Acer Aspire S wifi, debian does not

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On Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 12:52:00PM +0000, GiaThnYgeia wrote:
> Brian:
> > Documentation dispels ignorance. Dispelling ignorance requires the
> > co-operation of the user.


> To recapitulate, the purpose of the list as I understand it is not to
> answer practical problems with "read the manual".  It defeats the purpose.

I think you're being a bit unfair here. Brian has surely done a bit
beyond saying "read the manual". He has provided leads to the relevant
spots in there.

As a user, I'd perhaps wished for a friendlier tone, but hey.

And mentioning the docs & reminding people that "yes, folks, it's
there, look..." is *helpful*, because it helps people finding things
next time.

As a case in point, I remember how I felt the first time I had a
look at rsync's (or find's) man page. "O $DEITY! So much stuff, I
don't find anything". Nowadays I couldn't do without.

That's why, when someone pops up here with a thing and I can help
at all, I try to say, but also to show *where* in the docs. It's
not nitpickery, but helping people help themselves (and ultimately,
help others). I see that in Brian's attempts too (Brian: am I
reading too much in your mails?)

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