Find Out My Linux Distribution Name and Version

cat /etc/issue
Another way of do it in debian like distros, don't know if works for others
Sample Output
Ubuntu 10.10 \n \l

By: h3nr1x
2011-06-22 15:04:45

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What Others Think

/etc/issue is the message that precedes the "login:" prompt on a terminal. It does not necessarily report the linux version. An overly cautious sysadmin may empty or replace the file so strangers are not informed of the linux flavour and version when trying to break in.
Mozai · 580 weeks and 5 days ago
What happen if the admin modifies /etc/*-release? Could it break some system funcionality (updates, messages, etc) if this file changes?
h3nr1x · 580 weeks and 4 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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