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    Stupid Linux question

    "Stupid Linux the distro for people who believe MS FUD"

    Seriously though, I have a question which I am embarrassed to ask. What command is used to get the distro version.
    Does Linux have an equivalent of VER in MSDOS or MSINFO in Windows?

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    Re: Stupid Linux question

    Code:
    uname -a
    Will tell you the kernel version. This may, or maynot give you a clue to what the distro is.

    Code:
    cat /etc/issue
    Is a little more reliable.

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    Re: Stupid Linux question

    Found this on the net, download it CHMOD +x aboutme then run it. I have never used it, this is just a quick google.

    http://bullium.com/downloads/aboutme

    hth

    fooby

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    Re: Stupid Linux question

    Thanks Geoff. It save's me having to pay close attention during the boot process.

    It don't suppose all those messages are written somewhere?

    /slinks away in shame.

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    Re: Stupid Linux question

    Quote Originally Posted by fooby
    Found this on the net, download it CHMOD +x aboutme then run it. I have never used it, this is just a quick google.

    http://bullium.com/downloads/aboutme

    hth

    fooby
    Thanks fooby I will give it ago.

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    Re: Stupid Linux question

    Quote Originally Posted by NetworkGeezer
    It don't suppose all those messages are written somewhere?
    Code:
    dmesg

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    Re: Stupid Linux question

    Thanks Geoff.

    Sometimes one can focus too much on the complex stuff and miss out the basics ops:

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    Re: Stupid Linux question

    Network Geezer: also, /var/log/messages

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    Re: Stupid Linux question

    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    Network Geezer: also, /var/log/messages
    I don't belive this. The day I ask a newbie question is the day I get a four disk "Right now, I'm helping all the newbies" forum rating.

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    Re: Stupid Linux question

    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    Network Geezer: also, /var/log/messages
    Yes once the syslog service starts, thats where (almost) everything goes. However before the syslog has started, you need to look at the dmesg output. It depends on which stage of the boot process your interested in really.

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    Re: Stupid Linux question

    @Geoff: True

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