Sherlocking Linux Distros

You login to a mysterious new box. There is no login message. You poke around and before long you start to wonder “So what the heck distro is this anyway?”

$ uname -a
just tells you all about the kernel. Hmmm.  A mystery.

To pull up details on the distribution, take a peak in /etc/issue. This text file is often what is presented to users after they login, and typically contains distribution specific details. Likewise, look for /etc/*release or /etc/*version, which various distributions use to tag the release version.


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