how to check the version of currently installed Ubuntu Linux

Asked by Karthik. B on 2006-12-07

Can anybody help me how to check the version of currently installed ubuntu linux. Is there any command to know the version of ubuntu i'm currently using?

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when you run ctrl+alt+F1 or ctrl+alt+F2 (or any tty) you can see the ubuntu version in the console before login.

williamts99 (williamts99) said : #2

Then you can use ctrl+alt+f7 to return to your desktop.

An alternative answer:-

Applications --> Accessories --> Terminal. In the box type the following command:-

lsb_release -a

Here's what my desktop says:-

alan@wopr:~$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu feisty (development branch)
Release: 7.04
Codename: feisty

Karthik. B (karthik-bhuvana) said : #4

Can u explain me what is the command "lsb_release -a" means?

It's just a tool to show the version of the current running system. It returns a different result on machines that have different versions of Ubuntu installed:-

alan@mother:~$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 6.06.1 LTS
Release: 6.06
Codename: dapper

LSB stands for Linux Standard Base. More information can be found here:-

http://www.freestandards.org/en/LSB
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_Standard_Base

Karthik. B (karthik-bhuvana) said : #6

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