Find out the installation time of a linux system (when installed in a ext2/3/4 file system)

tune2fs -l $(df -P / | awk 'NR==2 {print $1}') | sed -n 's/^.*created: *//p'
Find out the earliest installation time of a linux system by getting the / filesystem creation time. This example is only valid the os is installed on an ext2/3/4 filesystem.

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