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Re: Help!

On Thu, Sep 08, 2005 at 04:27:01PM -0400, Carl Fink wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 08, 2005 at 10:52:50AM -0600, Paul E Condon wrote:
> > For some products, Stephen's position is simply silly. Consider,
> > for example, a Boeing 747. Another example is a C compiler.
> > There are many more. Too many to list, and more than I could
> > possible even know about. In general, the world is larger and
> > more complicated than any of us know. 
> It's a fine goal, even if it isn't always practical.  For an installer, it
> should be not just a goal but a requirement.  (Docs should be required only
> for very unusual situations.)

OP had successfully installed Debian when he complained about not knowing
what to do next. What he needed was some knowledge about what to do next,
not about the installation. Like someone who successfully takes off in a
747 and is annoyed that the thing doesn't land automatically. At least
for Debian, it is not a life-threatening error. And only in a very narrow
view of the world is documentation not required. Documentation, or training
is not required only for those human activities that are common to all
cultures. Sex, for example. 

Paul E Condon           

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