What Type of Computer Do You Have?

cat /sys/devices/virtual/dmi/id/board_name
Prints the type of computer you have. I think this should be used more in distros and other applications because it is so easy to get. This can also be asked by tutorials as an easy way to get your base hardware. Some alternatives: sudo dmidecode -s system-product-name and sudo smbios-sys-info-lite | sed -n 's/^Product Name: *\(.*\)/\1/p'
Sample Output
Pangolin Performance

What Others Think

hal is obsolete and being removed from quite a few distros. udev and the kernel do everything hal did before.
raphink · 596 weeks and 4 days ago
It works on my Ubuntu Karmic box. @raphink/ How would one get the info from udev and/or the kernel?
cookieduster · 596 weeks and 4 days ago
cool, but what raphink said
jedahan · 596 weeks and 3 days ago
The only other way I could get the computer name is with libsmbios: sudo smbios-sys-info-lite | sed -n 's/^Product Name: *\(.*\)/\1/p' Maybe that's how Hal gets it.
matthewbauer · 589 weeks and 5 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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