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An easy way to determine which version of Linux you are running.

Determining the exact version of Linux you are running is fairly simple. Use this command to find your Linux version.

Simply use the command cat /etc/os-release

The results will look similar to the following

[email protected]:~$ cat /etc/os-release
NAME="Ubuntu"
VERSION="18.04.2 LTS (Bionic Beaver)"
ID=ubuntu
ID_LIKE=debian
PRETTY_NAME="Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS"
VERSION_ID="18.04"
HOME_URL="https://www.ubuntu.com/"
SUPPORT_URL="https://help.ubuntu.com/"
BUG_REPORT_URL="https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/"
PRIVACY_POLICY_URL="https://www.ubuntu.com/legal/terms-and-policies/privacy-policy"
VERSION_CODENAME=bionic
UBUNTU_CODENAME=bionic

You can check to see the release history for your distro of Linux. In this case, the system is using Ubuntu. You would look up the release history for Ubuntu

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