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How do you find the Ubuntu version (release number / name) from the command line?

I have Ubuntu Linux installed on a computer. How can I check in the command line (no GUI desktop available) which version of the distribution it is running?

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Try this command:

lsb_release -a

It should give you a hint of the version.

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The command is:

$ cat /etc/lsb-release

Which will return Ubuntu specific version information

Or,

$ uname -a

which will give you information about the kernel and hardware

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