Better yet, are there any Spacewalk-like software packages that work for both RedHat-based and Debian-based systems?

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    Tony, Landscape and Spacewalk are massive systems. Maybe you can elaborate on what it is you want these systems to do? – SpamapS Apr 7 '12 at 15:27
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    here is a demo of Foreman doing a debian install – user72013 Jun 20 '12 at 14:21
  • maybe Amon would be a help if you want to keep everything simple – abzcoding Jan 14 '14 at 17:39

In addition to straight Puppet and Spacewalk, there is a puppet-based system called "foreman" that does most of what you're looking for.

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while the screenshot does show CentOS and Windows clients, it does have Ubuntu support

I've used it and I recommend giving it a go.

  • What is needed to start using it? Can i take 3 clean comps and put on one Ubuntu any version and this programm and then how to make from network other 2 comps to install with ubuntu also? – Kangarooo Dec 16 '12 at 18:59
  • I set up a foreman install. It works, I can see the various attached clients. I also have no idea what to do with them. I'm basically interested in using it for patch management, but I can't even figure out how to see what needs patching. I think I'm supposed to do something with puppet sensors (?), but the online library of them doesn't seem to have any for apt. – Fake Name Oct 12 '16 at 19:37
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    Ok, apparently any sort of life-cycle/patch-management in Foreman is done via Katello, which has no support for debian/ubuntu, so foreman is not a functional alternative to landscape at all. – Fake Name Dec 25 '16 at 6:48

As of 2019, Landscape on-premises is free for small installations (10 servers + 10 VMs).

Installation instructions can be found here: How do I install Landscape for personal use?

It is also open source, with source code available on launchpad.

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    Note that this has changed. It's now 10 servers/VMs, and 50 "containers". – Fake Name Dec 31 '16 at 8:50

You can try out vFense , which is still in Beta, but it supports Ubuntu, Debian, RedHat, OS X and Windows. vFense is an open source cross platform patch management tool, that is also cross referencing vulnerability data from Ubuntu, Windows, and soon RedHat as well. The github link for the project is http://github.com/toppatch/vFense.

Full disclosure, I am the lead developer of the project.

  • Welcome to AskUbuntu. Could you please describe a bit more this software? – Luís de Sousa Apr 8 '14 at 6:50
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    All the links above are dead. The link to the project is github.com/vFense/vFense – Maddin May 31 '17 at 11:02
  • It appears vFense is dead as well. – user2066657 Jun 15 '20 at 15:45

According to the FAQ, Spacewalk supports Debian, so it may support Ubuntu as well.

If you are looking for configuration options for a large environment, you could take a look at Puppet.

  • I am a big fan of Spacewalk, but last I checked the Debian support was not in that good o a shape. Foreman is much better adjusted and works with Ubuntu, see previous answer. – 0xF2 Oct 23 '15 at 14:27

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