Jun 112012

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.
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Jun 082012
 There was a contest…
If you are unaware of it, you have probably missed a good chance to win a prize.
If you are aware, but have not taken part, then you have probably missed a good chance to win a prize too.
And if you have taken part in contest, then we all, Zorin OS team, Linuxaria and DarkDuck, say “thank you“!
The joint contest had a great success. We have received many more submissions than we ever expected. Honestly!
It was a hard work for us to choose the winners, but finally we found the best-of-the-best.
Here is the list of winners:
  1. DVD with Zorin OS 6 Premium goes to Connie who wrote a wonderful poem In Praise of Zorin Linux.
  2. 15 USD bonus at Desura (or alternative) from Linuxaria goes to Ken Cominsky who wrote The Story of Zorin: A Modern Day (computing) Fairy Tale.
  3. 10 GBP voucher for Amazon.co.uk from BuyLinuxCDs site goes to Gary Newell who wrote I started using LINUX because I didn’t want to wait 20 minutes to find out the weather forecast.
  4. CD with any Linux distribution of his choice from Linux Notes from DarkDuck goes to Steven Abeyta and his Discovering Zorin OS.
  5. 1 Gb USB stick  from Linux Notes from DarkDuck goes to Joe Chang who wrote I always come back to Zorin OS.
The winning articles will be published on respective resources, along with some other submissions, which did not get the prize, but deserve publishing nonetheless. So, keep tuned to us!

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May 062012

With Zorin OS next release not far away, I am happy to announce a special contest.

This contest is organised together by Zorin OS team, Linuxaria, Linux notes from DarkDuck and Buy Linux CDs.

Who can participate?

Everyone with a passion for Linux, and with some writing skills. If you’re good enough to compose a short e-mail to your friend, then you’re ready for the contest.

What you need to do?

Please write a short story about Zorin OS, or maybe just Linux in general.

Why do you use Linux? How did you come to the Linux world? What do you like here? What are you doing to promote Linux? Any of these, or maybe your own themes are good.

It would be better, if your post is about Zorin OS, but this is just “nice to have”.
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