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Well, this specific case is trolling zealots, not tech support.

I mostly agree with you, but there are some unique facts that, back in the day, you just sort of had to know. something like

    echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward
You know exactly what you need to do, but haven't memorized the name of the bit to twiddle to get the behavior you want. Now there are, of course, tools to configure these sorts of things. More importantly, google and stackoverflow help immensely with this kind of thing.

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