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Distribution: Cinnamon Mint 17.3 and 18 at present.
Unfortunately the RAM I have in my hand was given to me, so I don't know what machine it came out of, nor are there any obvious identifying markers on it.
There should be a notch on the edge connector which will either allow you to fit it in your system or not. DON'T TRY FORCING IT!
If it can't be plugged in, it's no use, it's a different voltage, if it can and it's wrong, your system won't boot (hopefully with no damage!)
Are you sure there are no identifying marks on it? There is usually a Part No. etched in copper somewhere on the DIMM/Memory stick. In which case try Googling the Part No. It's always worked for me but there is generally some sort of sticker on the DIMM.
Even Googling the number on top of the Memory chips should possibly come up with something; speed, capacity (of one chip), etc.
I have not run across a ram stick that didn't have some writing on it.
You can find out much of what you have with some linux tools.
Yes, ram is not ram like a hard drive. It is always best to match products, use only recommended by oem brands and models. Use bios settings to try to match to slowest speeds if mismatch sometimes. Be sure to watch out for voltages.
Generally a ram configurator on the web helps determine what might also fit.
Ram tends to have slightly different slots for types but speeds and voltages may still vary in those shapes.