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Old 10-05-2009, 02:06 PM   #1
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Question Newbie in the house, How do I find out what version of Linux I'm running

I know this may sound silly, but I'm very new to this. I have been a fan of Linux for long time, so I was felt brave one day and went get myself a New notebook (Asus Eee PC 1000H) with Linux installed.
Yes, I know. I do feel like I'm at the deep end here, with NO back ground in programming. I haven't had any problems yet, just felt adventurous. So

I want know a bit more about OS eg: What version of Linux I'm running, How to active my ESET Anti-virus program and scan, How to make video call, How to upgrade Graphics card, Learn how to Defrag drives, How to upgrade Bios......... you know the basics

It would be great if yoou could help, any help in the right direction

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Old 10-05-2009, 04:55 PM   #2
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Welcome to Linux

There is no need to be a programmer, to use linux. Most linux netbooks have all the same basic functionality as their Windows counter parts, with out the licensing restrictions or costs associated with Microsoft.

I believe you have "Xandros Linux" or a variant of it. I am not familiar with the software you may have installed on the laptop, so I can't help you with making a video call, or running the anti virus software.

I assume you want to upgrade your video drivers and not the video card itself, and since this is a netbook, I would only use drivers supplied by Asus. And only if you are having a problem.

Unlike Windows, you will not need to worry about De-fragging your hard drive. Linux does not suffer from fragmentation, most linux file systems prevent fragmentation in the first place.

Finally, I would only upgrade the BIOS using Asus instructions and probably only if I was having a problem. Bios upgrades can be tricky and can cause more problems than they solve.

Have fun, and remember you have access to more free (Open Source) software than you could ever hope to use.
Old 10-05-2009, 06:42 PM   #3
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Hello, Persian Tom --

NeverSayNever hit it spot on, I think. More specific questions should be posted to their respective topics, but I wanted to add that to check which version of Linux you're running, there are two common command. "uname -a" will tell you everything about the kernel itself, including the kernel version. But that's not the same as the OS version. Different vendors represent it differently. RedHat, for example, has /etc/redhat-release, which will tell you a bundle of info about the OS. See if there's a similar file in /etc on your box. The command-line "ls /etc/*release*" will work nicely, or "find /etc -name '*release*'" (those are single quotes, that's important).

Good luck, and welcome aboard!
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The exact answer to your question " How do I find out what version of Linux I'm running" would be to use:
uname -r


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