November 7, 2014

What version of linux do i have?

try the following: cat /etc/issue

try the following:
cat /etc/issue

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If you want to know what version of the Linux kernel you are using and/or...

If you want to know what version of the Linux kernel you are using and/or whether you have a 32-bit or 64-bit version, then this command might help:

uname -a

This sometimes correctly reports what particular "brand" (distro) but not always. I am using Linux Mint, but the uname command reports it as Ubuntu (from which it derives).

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Your answer varies greatly based on the version. Every distribution has files...

Your answer varies greatly based on the version. Every distribution has files that can identify your "brand" and release version, but they are different per brand. For example, with RedHat based distros, cat /etc/redhat-release will tell you and with Gentoo, /etc/gentoo-release gives you the closest there is to a version of Gentoo.

You should be able to identify the basic brand of Linux you are using during the boot process or by the presence of some commands:

suse: yast command exists
debian/ubuntu: apt-get commands exists

A quick websearch check version of will give you specifics for your distribution.

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