This is the winning Article chosen by me in the ZorinOs Contest, wrote by Ken Cominsky.
Once upon a time there lived a young squire (engineer) who learned to ride a seasoned horse (computer) with a trusted saddle (UNIX OS) for it was his job. While learning to ride, the squire learned to tweak the saddle (write scripts) to make the horse uniquely his. One day a saddle salesman named William came to the squire’s village (company) and told the village elders (IT department) that, for much gold ($$), he could sell them a new kind of saddle. One that could make the village’s horses do wonderful things. Never mind that the saddle was full of holes and had bugs for if they did not buy his new saddle, the village across the river would best them in tournament for they had already purchased his new saddle. All the saddles of the village elders were sold and soon all the old saddles, along with the squire’s saddle, were retired. Unfortunately the horses, with William’s new saddle, didn’t do all that William had promised. When asked about this, William replied “to make the new saddles work best you must spend more gold and buy new, more powerful horses.” The village elders were sold and soon the trusted horses were retired for new, more powerful ones.
Several years later, William returned and stated that he now had a better saddle, one that would make the village horses do even more wonderful things. It would just require additional gold. The village across the river had already purchased his new saddle and this village would be at a great disadvantage in tournament if they did not buy as well. The village elders were sold and soon all the old saddles were retired. Once again, after the new saddles were received and used, the horses didn’t do all that William had promised. When asked about this, William once more replied “To make the new saddles work best you must buy even newer, more powerful horses.” The village elders were sold and soon the new horses were retired for even newer, more powerful horses.
After this had occurred three or four more times, the young squire, now a knight (Senior Engineer) saw that something wasn’t right. It was during the retirement of his current horse that the knight declared “No more! I do not want to pay more gold for a new horse and a new saddle when there is nothing wrong with my old ones. There must be something better.” So, when looking for a different saddle for his horse, he came across a saddle called Zorin. This Zorin looked and acted like William’s saddles but did not require gold and could make his horse do the same amazing tricks. Also, the knight found that he could tweak the Zorin saddle, once again making the horse uniquely his. It took only one ride on his old horse with the new Zorin saddle to convince the knight that he had made the right choice. The knight vowed to spread the word of Zorin to all his fellow knights; what it was and how it could help them.
And so, to this day, the knight continues his quest while William, from behind the walls of his silicon fortress, looks on with venom in his eyes.
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