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Old 11-23-2015, 02:49 AM   #1
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what is this linux version based on?


I'm trying to find out which distribution my version of linux is based on.

Unfortunately
uname -a just says
Linux G5000_Dortmund 2.6.19 #1 Wed Sep 10 15:29:31 CEST 2008 i686 pentium4 i386 GNU/Linux

/etc/issue says
Welcome to TDT-Linux - Kernel \r (\l).

How can I find out if it's based on Debian, Ubuntu, RedHead or Suse or even something else?
 
Old 11-23-2015, 04:21 AM   #2
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Linux G5000_Dortmund 2.6.19 #1 Wed Sep 10 15:29:31 CEST 2008 i686 pentium4 i386 GNU/Linux
Both Red Hat- and Debian-based Linuxes have a file named /etc/os-release or similar with release information.
 
Old 11-23-2015, 05:31 AM   #3
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Those are the files in /etc
Code:
root@G5000_Dortmund:/etc# ls
HOSTNAME    blkid.tab      dircolors  gshadow    inittab        issue        limits          mtab           postfix    radiusclient  shadow   ssl          wgetrc
acpi        blkid.tab.old  fdprm      gshadow-   inputrc        issue.net    localtime       nsswitch.conf  ppp        rc.d          shadow-  sysconfig    xinetd.conf
alec        cron           fstab      hosts      iproute2       l2tpd        login.access    ntp.conf       profile    resolv.conf   shells   syslog.conf
aliases     crontab        group      hotplug    ipsec.conf     ld.so.cache  login.defs      opt            profile.d  rpc           skel     udev
aliases.db  default        group-     hotplug.d  ipsec.d        ld.so.conf   logrotate.conf  passwd         protocols  sensors.conf  snmp     vimrc
bashrc      dhcpd.conf     grub       ifplugd    ipsec.secrets  lfs-release  logrotate.d     passwd-        quagga     services      ssh      webmin
The files I thought might be interesting are:

Code:
root@G5000_Dortmund:/etc# cat issue
Welcome to TDT-Linux - Kernel \r (\l).

root@G5000_Dortmund:/etc# cat issue.net
Welcome to TDT-Linux - Kernel %r (%t).

root@G5000_Dortmund:/etc# cat lfs-release 
6.1
I need the information to decide which course to take about linux basics, as they differenciate between Debian, Ubuntu, redhat and Suse.
 
Old 11-23-2015, 06:37 AM   #4
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The presence of the file lfs-release indicates that this is a Linux From Scratch installation, not a distro in the usual sense.

It shouldn't be too hard to install Linux from a DVD; there are tutorials all over the place. Why don't you try an easier to manage distro like Mint - it's Debian based.

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Old 11-23-2015, 09:05 AM   #5
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I already know a bit about linux, but that special installation baffled me.
I was planning to learn things from scratch, so I thought I'd go for the course with the distro we're using.

We have to use that special software (at least for now), and I guess I have problems using it because it's not a normal distro.

I'll go for Debian then

Thanks.
 
  


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