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Zaurus-centric cyberthriller ships in paperback

Nov 5, 2004 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive
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A novel both about — and written on — a Linux-based Sharp Zaurus has been released in paper form. Z4CK, by Scottish security professional Kevin Milne, is a cyberthriller set in 2031, whose protagonist uses a wireless-enabled Sharp Zaurus to defend himself from false murder accusations.

Unlike films like 'The Net', Z4CK gives a realistic insight into hacker tools and techniques, Milne says. The novel features wireless hacking with the Zaurus, and a view of how an Open Source future might look.

Z4CK was first released online in August, and the work remains available in downloadable form. The first six chapters are free, with complete PDF and plucker versions available for $3.

The newly available dead-trees version is priced at 7.50 GBP, and can be ordered from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or direct from Milne's website using Paypal.

Milne wrote the novel on a Sharp Zaurus SL-5500, using a wireless keyboard, during his daily commute to and from his job as a computer security professional. Just think how many novels Anthony Trollope might have written, during his career carrying British mail on trains, had he been blessed with a Zaurus.

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