Check Linux Version
In this article, I will share some commands to check the Linux version, for Debian, Redhat to arch Linux, and their derivative distros. Each Linux distro has a different version, even though it has the same main distro base. That happens because the development of the Linux version will be different by the developer.
The command to check the Linux version for each distro is also different, depending on the derivative. For first let’s take a look at Debian and its derivatives like Ubuntu, Pop OS, ElementaryOS, Kali Linux, and others.
Check Debian Version
If you are using a Linux distro based on Debian and Ubuntu, the easiest way to see your OS version is to use the following command:
Check RedHat Version
Unlike Ubuntu, if you are using a Linux distribution based on RedHat, please use the find rhel version command below:
Check Arch Version
To find Linux version of Arch, similar to Debian based. Use the command to check Linux version:
Other Command to check the OS version
In addition to the above method, there is another command that you can use universally. It is compatible with various types of Linux distros and the results provided are more complete than the command above.
Please use this command:
For example, when I use the “cat /etc/os-release” command, it will output something like this:
Command to Chek Kernel Version
If you want to know the Linux kernel version of your distro, use the “uname -r” command as follows:
For example, after typing the word “uname -r” in the terminal, the result is:
neon@pop-os:~$ uname -r 5.18.10-76051810-generic
So, I’m currently using Linux kernel version 5.18.10. Hopefully, this article can be useful for you.
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