distribution specific information

lsb_release -a

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2010-08-20 14:13:07

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What Others Think

Is this distro-agnostic? I know this works for Ubuntu, but don't know about the others.
roknir · 408 weeks ago
It doesn't work on Solaris. Use cat /etc/release instead.
Tungmar · 407 weeks and 4 days ago

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