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Find which version of Linux You are Running

Terminal - Find which version of Linux You are Running
lsb_release -d
2009-05-07 16:19:04
User: tebeka
Find which version of Linux You are Running


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Terminal - Alternatives

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Doesn't seem to be working on my Debian based system. Running Sidux.

Comment by rattis 463 weeks and 2 days ago

Does not work on Fedora 8, nor RHEL 4.2, nor Sarge, nor Fedora 10.

Comment by ozymandias 463 weeks and 2 days ago

In Fedora 10 it's in the redhat-lsb rpm.

It's not installed by default.

Comment by flatcap 463 weeks and 2 days ago

Ubuntu systems can do:

cat /etc/lsb-release

CentOS have a /etc/lsb-release.d/

And Debian has /etc/lsb-base/ but it's empty on my Etch system.

Comment by DaveQB 463 weeks and 1 day ago

Doesn't work on my arch box.

Comment by jan 463 weeks and 1 day ago

Works just find in Fedora 10, quite handy too.

Comment by sirlewk 462 weeks and 6 days ago

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