How to tell which Linux distro you’re running

Update:

Thanks to Jayen, there is a better way:

$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 9.10
Release: 9.10
Codename: karmic

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$ cat /etc/issue
Debian GNU/Linux squeeze/sid \n \l

Or


$ cat /proc/version
Linux version 2.6.32-trunk-686 (Debian 2.6.32-5) (ben@decadent.org.uk) (gcc version 4.3.4 (Debian 4.3.4-6) ) #1 SMP Sun Jan 10 06:32:16 UTC 2010

Source: Which Linux Distro are you using??

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3 thoughts on “How to tell which Linux distro you’re running

  1. That’s awesome, Jayen. Thanks. This is what I see on my desktop:

    $ lsb_release -a
    No LSB modules are available.
    Distributor ID: Ubuntu
    Description: Ubuntu 9.10
    Release: 9.10
    Codename: karmic

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