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How Do I find out which Linux version is installed
« on: February 19, 2010, 07:22:43 pm »
[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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Re: How Do I find out which Linux version is installed
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2010, 07:45:31 pm »
To find information such as the Distribution Name, Distribution Release Version, Release Notes, Distribution Codename and Distribution Description... Open a terminal and type:

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cat /etc/*-release
and hit enter.

Linux Mint 8 (helena) returns:

Quote
DISTRIB_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 -

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

To find out which kernel you are using -

Open a terminal and enter:

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