Centralized Patch management for Linux?

I am looking for centralized patch management for Linux.  (perhaps for ubuntu) that is free or cost effective.   Just something that can make sure everything is up to date and create a report showing as much.

Preferably something easy to setup and use
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XetroximynAuthor Commented:
It looks like I can use Chef or Puppet for free... which would be best for what I need?  I don't need a lot of config management... I mostly just need easy way to make sure systems are up to date and generate reports on that.

Which one is most intuative to use?  

I will probably have Ubuntu desktops... What sort of system do I need to run the server on for Chef/Puppet?  I have Redhat linux servers and windows servers.
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XetroximynAuthor Commented:
Oh - also centralized antivirus would be good.
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gheistCommented:
Spacewalk is open-source brethren of redhat satellite http://spacewalk.redhat.com/faq.html

Antivirus vendors offer endpoint management solutions (not free by any means - like Mcafee epo or symantec sepm) (nor having linux av product means that endpoint management supports it)
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
It looks like I can use Chef or Puppet for free

yes they are free...but not made for patch management
they are used for managing configurations of linux systems - say if you had the same apache config file for 200 systems to deploy at once

spacewalk is a good starting point as gheist mentioned though it is designed for some of the RHEL family including CentOS and Scientific Linux; wiki states debian support (including ubuntu) is limited

Puppet (software)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puppet_(software)

Chef (software)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chef_(software)

Spacewalk
https://fedorahosted.org/spacewalk/

use WSUS for your windows systems

Deploy Windows Server Update Services in Your Organization
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh852340.aspx
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XetroximynAuthor Commented:
I realize Puppet and Chef are more about central config managment... but are you saying they are unable to also to patch management?  If so do you know anything that can?  (both keep the systems up to date, and report on it centrally)

Thanks!
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
they are not a central configuration utility for remotely installing and maintaining rpm/deb packages
spacewalk is the closest thing to doing that in linux aside from RHEL satellite
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madunixCommented:
This is where you need something like Katello or Spacewalk.  These are opensource tools for Inventory & patch management which look after managing your infrastructure in such a way that you can view what servers are out of compliance and what patches are waiting to be applied.
check out others:
http://spacewalk.redhat.com/
http://www.katello.org/
http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/PackageManagement/Spacewalk
http://spacewalk.redhat.com/
http://pulpproject.org/
http://theforeman.org/
https://fedorahosted.org/cobbler/
https://www.aeolusproject.org/
http://www.puppetlabs.com/
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