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Old 10-06-2006, 01:32 AM   #1
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Want to know the version of linux on my computer

Hello to all! Im an absolute newbie and I just want to know how I could see the version of Linux in my computer. I just know the version of KDE. thanks!
Old 10-06-2006, 01:35 AM   #2
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Mighty vague question ... Maybe what you want is "uname -r"
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cat /etc/<distro>-version
Where <distro> is the name of your distribution.
Old 10-06-2006, 05:47 AM   #4
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You might have to go look in /etc for wording. For my suse, it was SuSE-release.

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Originally Posted by XavierP
cat /etc/<distro>-version
Where <distro> is the name of your distribution.
I believe the usage is /etc/release or /etc/<distro>-release under most if not all Unix/Linux distributions.

There must be also a /etc/lsb_release file on LSB compliant distribution.
Old 10-06-2006, 08:11 AM   #6
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I asked a while back for the locations of various distro release files, to put in a script that would return system information.

You could search that, it had some for redhat distros, arch, slackware a few others i think. Are you using mandrake/mandriva from the look of your kernel?
Old 10-06-2006, 11:10 AM   #7
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I agree with rickh that uname is a place to start, although that gives the kernel version, e.g. on this box it's 2.6.11-x1.

As noted, the directory /etc contains files with names that have the string release or version in them. You could search for those. Sometimes more than one might exist.

For example, on my Debian-derived Xandros system I have the files and contents noted below ... cheers, makyo
     1  3.1

     1  LSB_VERSION=2.0
     2  DISTRIB_ID=Xandros
     3  DISTRIB_RELEASE=3.0.2
     4  DISTRIB_CODENAME=Xandros
     5  DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Xandros Desktop OS"

     1  Version: Xandros Desktop OS 3.0.3 Business
     2  Build Info: 2005-10-31 15:14
     3  Part: DBX303ENCD1SE28
     4  Sku: DSKB300NAEN
     5  xDMS: supported
Old 10-09-2006, 01:31 AM   #8
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Thanks guys! Ive got it, ItsMandrake Linux release 10.0
thanks again guys..


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