Identifying kernel and Ubuntu versions

These are pretty basic tasks but they are important things to know if you are new to Linux. These are particularly useful if you are running a Linux system without an X server.

To find the Linux kernel version that you are running, open your favorite terminal or CLI and type in: uname -a. Using the -a switch will display all information related to the kernel version. Usually, uname -r will be sufficient.

To find the version of Ubuntu that you are running, open your favorite terminal or CLI and type in: cat /etc/issue. This will give you the version number only. If you need to know the name of the version just run
cat /etc/lsb-release and check the named value in the field named DISTRIB_CODENAME=.

Hopefully these simple but useful commands will help you.

–Himuraken

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