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How to find name and information of Linux distribution from commandline

📅 2012-Dec-15 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 📚 Archive

To find the name, version and details of the Linux distribution you are using from the commandline:

$ lsb_release -idrc

This command on my Ubuntu gives this output:

Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS
Release:    12.04
Codename:   precise

If your Linux system does not have lsb_release, do not despair. The distribution information is usually stored in files with suffix release in the etc directory.

So, try this instead:

$ cat /etc/*release

Tried with: See above 😊