Michael W. Lucas

Michael W. Lucas

Michael W. Lucas is a network/security engineer with extensive experience working with high-availability systems. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Absolute OpenBSD, Cisco Routers for the Desperate, and PGP & GPG, all from No Starch Press.

Absolute OpenBSD Absolute OpenBSD (No Starch)
by Michael W. Lucas
Second Edition April 2013
Print: $59.95
Ebook: $47.95

Network Flow Analysis Network Flow Analysis (No Starch)
by Michael W. Lucas
June 2010
Print: $39.95
Ebook: $19.95

Cisco Routers for the Desperate Cisco Routers for the Desperate (No Starch)
by Michael W. Lucas
Second Edition March 2009
Print: $24.95
Ebook: $19.95

Absolute FreeBSD Absolute FreeBSD (No Starch)
by Michael W. Lucas
Second Edition November 2007
Print: $59.95
Ebook: $47.95

PGP & GPG PGP & GPG (No Starch)
by Michael W. Lucas
April 2006
Print: $24.95
Ebook: $19.95

Cisco Routers for the Desperate Cisco Routers for the Desperate (No Starch)
by Michael W. Lucas
November 2004
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Absolute OpenBSD Absolute OpenBSD (No Starch)
by Michael W. Lucas
June 2003
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Absolute BSD Absolute BSD (No Starch)
by Michael W. Lucas
July 2002
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Webcast: Beyond Security: Getting to Know OpenBSD's Real Purpose
May 27, 2014
This webcast will introduce systems administrators to OpenBSD, explain the project's mission, and discuss the features and benefits.

"I found also author's writing style amazing! The book is funny and serious at the same time... do you want an example of this? Read chapter four “Read this before you break something else”: it covers an important (and boring) field such as “backup and recovery” but with a funny style!"
--Celestino Bellone, JUG Lugano Book Reviews

"Network Flow Analysis has a good introduction to flow, what it is, how records are made up and what its actually used for."
--Chris Durkin, The Unofficial MARS Blog

"The sequence of topics and the consistent tone and focus kept me engaged and confident that I could go as far as I'd like, with this book as a start."
--Michael Earnest, I've Been Wondering...

"It was valuable enough that I found myself planning ways to implement this at my workplace."
--Justin Sherrill, DragonFly BSD Digest

"Cisco Routers for the Desperate, 2nd Edition, by Michael W.Lucas, condenses all you need to know about Cisco routers, and some switching down to a mere 125 pages."
--Chris Durkin, The Unofficial MARS Blog

"This most excellent book provides the tools and real-world examples you need to effectively analyze your network flow data. In other words, now you can determine what the network problem is long before your customers report it. "
--John Vacca, Amazon.com

"The author and the book have a strong focus on getting new users comfortable in the environment, so if you are brand new to managing a Cisco router and need somewhere—anywhere—to get started, Cisco Routers for the Desperate might be just the right starting place. "
--Scott Lowe, blog.scottlowe.org

"...this book provides an easy-to-read introduction to some of the more sophisticated aspects of routing..."
--Mike James, I Programmer

"Keeping with the nature of all No Starch Press book, Cisco Routers for the Desperate is light hearted and playful. An easy read, as well as a quick one. "
--Adam Barrett, Utahcon.com

"By far the best FreeBSD book I have ever owned..."
--BSD Zealot

"This really ought to be the book inside every Cisco Router box or when the very slim chance things go goofy and help is needed 'right now'."
--Robert Pritchett, MacCompanion, June 2009 Issue

"...a helpful guide covering the key areas of Cisco Routers. Should be a good read in preparation for the desperate emergencies. "
--Ganadeva Bandyopadhyay, Desicritics.org

"Michael is absolutely one of the best technical writers in the networking, computer, and security worlds. Plenty of others could learn how to write by studying his approach to teaching readers."
--Richard Bejtlich, TaoSecurity

"For me, reading this book was like having one of the guys in my company who lives and breathes Cisco sitting down with me for a day and explaining everything I need to know to handle problems or issues likely to come my way. There may be many additional things I could potentially learn about my Cisco switches, but likely few I'm likely to encounter in my environment."
--Sandra Henry-Stocker, IT World

"Michael W. Lucas focuses squarely on TCP/IP networking in an Internet environment and does not detour into channelizing circuits, VoIP, IPX,Apple-Talk, MPLS, prioritization, or any other of the other features available in Cisco-land. He instead helps readers discover how to learn these things themselves."
--Dale Farris, Reviews Coordinator, Golden Triangle PC Club

"[J]ust go out and buy the book. It's worth every penny and more."
--tangram, Linux/BSD: Sharing Experiences

"Absolute FreeBSD, 2nd Edition is such an astounding product that I don't know how I've lived without it all these years."
--willrich blog

"This most excellent book shows you how to manage, patch, and maintain your FreeBSD systems and have a basic understanding of networking, system security, and software management. In other words, after reading this book, you will be armed with a strong working knowledge of how FreeBSD can be used as a powerful desktop or development machine."
--John Vacca, Amazon.com