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How Do I find out which Linux version is installed

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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.

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


--- Code: ---
cat /etc/*-release
--- End code ---
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"
--- End quote ---


Other commands to try -


--- Code: ---
cat /etc/issue
--- End code ---
and/or

--- Code: ---
cat /proc/version
--- End code ---
and/or

--- Code: ---
lsb_release -a
--- End code ---

To find out which kernel you are using -

Open a terminal and enter:


--- Code: ---
uname -a
--- End code ---
and hit enter (returns all information)
or

--- Code: ---
uname -r
--- End code ---
and hit enter (returns the kernel release)
or

--- Code: ---
uname -v
--- End code ---
and hit enter (returns the kernel version)
or

--- Code: ---
uname -o
--- End code ---
and hit enter (returns the operating system)

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