When was your OS installed?

ls -lct /etc/ | tail -1 | awk '{print $6, $7, $8}'
shows also time if its the same year or shows year if installed before actual year and also works if /etc is a link (mac os)
Sample Output
Jul 15 11:46
or
Dec 24 2006

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By: peshay
2009-09-04 16:52:50

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What Others Think

At least under dpkg-based systems, you could just look at the timestamps on files in the dpkg info directory: ls -ltr /var/lib/dpkg/info/*.list | head -n 1 or for the number of packages installed on each date: ls -l /var/lib/dpkg/info/*.list | awk '{print $6}' | sort -n | uniq -c | sort -n
bwoodacre · 459 weeks and 2 days ago
shows the year, best IMO
Bashar · 218 weeks and 1 day ago

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