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Please provide a little more context. How to identify a freshly installed OS as opposed to what? How to tell which partition on a multi-boot system is the new install? How to tell how long ago an existing system was originally installed? What distribution?
Are you wanting your application which runs on the customer's machine to be able to determine this, or an application running remote from their machine?
If it's an application running on the customer's machine, this will likely not work, as 97 times out of 100 they will wipe their drive when reinstalling, and thus your application as well. Therefore, I must assume that you intend to detect from a remote machine when your customer reinstalls their OS.
This this what you mean? Are your customers all running Mandriva?
Also, do you mean a 'fresh' install as in unpatched . . . . hence the security reference?
am using mandriva 2010 , i`am developed one simple application for that if my customer reinstalled os how can i identify ???? for security purpose am using this !!!!
Spell out your words, please.
And you've already identified the OS obviously, since you say it's Mandriva 2010. If you like, you can give it a name, like "Philip" or "Susie", to further identify it.
If you're talking about your application, then write a subroutine to put a hidden file somewhere, to indicate it's never been run before. Put the OS name in that file, etc. Since you say nothing about the application, or what you're looking for, it's hard to help you.
yes of course all customers are mandriva only if they reinstalled os how to identify and also if they unpacked my packages that too how to get those
info plz help me.........
SPELL OUT YOUR WORDS. And did you read the other posts???
Again, you can put a file somewhere, that contains some kind of information. Since this is YOUR software, you can put whatever you like in it. So if they unpacked/installed your software, that file will be present. If not, they haven't...not a difficult concept.
And the /etc/*release* file will contain information about the version/distro of Linux.