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Old 06-25-2009, 01:52 AM   #1
Mickaletto
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Find out distribution under terminal


I have very old computer with linux installation. I don't know exactly what distribution it is and which version. Startup procedure is very fast so I cannot read this information.
Are there any commands I can use to find out these information?
I suspect linux distro is SuSE, but not really sure.

Thanks
 
Old 06-25-2009, 02:17 AM   #2
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cat /etc/issue
 
Old 06-25-2009, 02:22 AM   #3
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Yes, there's a great tool for this. It's called the LQ search function. If you use it, you will find dozens of previous threads asking the same thing, many of them with answers provided. You can even look at the "similar threads" box at the bottom of the page to find a few.

Sorry to sound snarky, but really, seeing many of these same very-frequently-asked-questions-that-can-be-answered-with-just-a-little-research can get frustrating.
 
Old 06-25-2009, 02:28 AM   #4
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David,
sorry I'll try not to make this mistake again. I usually try search option first, but this time, I didn't...
 
Old 06-25-2009, 02:58 AM   #5
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Let's add this one to the list of "similar threads" with the correct answer:
Code:
lsb_release -a
 
Old 06-25-2009, 03:21 AM   #6
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Ahh, don't worry about it too much. But do beware that you're going to get reactions like mine quite often if you don't perform due diligence before you post. The whole *nix philosophy is one of Do It Yourself, and the number one bit of advice is "RTFM!" (look it up if you don't know what that means ).

You'll find, however, that we often bend over backwards to help people if they've tried their best and still can't work it out.
 
  


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