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Old 02-22-2007, 04:13 AM   #1
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What linux distribution do I use?

How can I see what kind of linux distribution I use?

Old 02-22-2007, 10:08 AM   #2
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1. for starters, most distributions have a release file in the /etc/ directory:
for Gentoo: /etc/gentoo-release
for Debian: /etc/debian_version
for RedHat: /etc/redhat_release (??)

2. if you are able to boot the machine, you may see a message in the boot process that shows you your distribution

3. if your dmesg still shows all boot messages, a reboot won't even be necessary:
dmesg | head
may give a clue
Old 02-22-2007, 08:49 PM   #3
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I misread the question. Disregard.

Last edited by justin_p; 02-22-2007 at 08:51 PM. Reason: Misread question.


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