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Started by Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec), February 19, 2010, 07:22:43 PM

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Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec)

[This is a previous posting from someone else, that I'll later respond to]

I'm unsure which distribution of Linux that's installed on my computer, how do I find out which version of linux it is beyond the GNU Linux info given? Or is that all there is to it.
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Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec)

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To find information such as the Distribution Name, Distribution Release Version, Release Notes, Distribution Codename and Distribution Description... Open a terminal and type:

cat /etc/*-release
and hit enter.

Linux Mint 8 (helena) returns:

QuoteDISTRIB_ID=LinuxMint
DISTRIB_RELEASE=8
RELEASE_NOTES_URL=http://www.linuxmint.com/rel_helena.php
DISTRIB_CODENAME=helena
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Linux Mint 8 Helena - Main Edition"

Other commands to try -

cat /etc/issue
and/or
cat /proc/version
and/or
lsb_release -a

To find out which kernel you are using -

Open a terminal and enter:

uname -a
and hit enter (returns all information)
or
uname -r
and hit enter (returns the kernel release)
or
uname -v
and hit enter (returns the kernel version)
or
uname -o
and hit enter (returns the operating system)
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