Seiti Seiti - 4 months ago 10
Linux Question

How to discover what Linux distribution is in use

Sometimes I need to access some servers running Linux (or maybe another Unix-like SO), but I don't know how to verify which distribution is in use on the server (there are times that even the "responsible" person for the server doesn't know).

Is there an easy and reliable way to discover that, one that is uniform and consistent across all of them?

Answer

lsb_release -i may work for you.

More detail is available with lsb_release -a

Some discussion at http://etbe.coker.com.au/2007/08/30/identifying-the-distribution-of-a-linux-system/