A revision number for a particular piece of software in a specific state.

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Check package version using apt-get/aptitude?

Before I install a package I'd like to know what version i would get. How do I check the version before installing using apt-get or aptitude on debian or ubuntu?
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Meaning of “rc5” in “linux kernel 2.6.37-rc5”

When I visited the kernel.org website to download the latest Linux kernel, I noticed a package named 2.6.37-rc5 in the repository. What is the meaning of the "rc5" at the end?
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What does file version mean: lsattr -v

lsattr -v gives me the "version number" of given file(s). What does this mean? On Redhat 7.3, I could've sworn all the version numbers were 1 except those I changed with chattr -v. On Fedora 11, ...
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What is the preferred way to install new versions of software?

I have installed Ubuntu Server 10.10 and now I want to install some software like PostgreSQL, Nginx and PHP. But what is the preferred way to get the latest stable version of the software? E.g I ...
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Version Control System similar to Bazaar needed for CentOS 4.8 dedicated hosting server

I have recently had to have our dedicated server rebuilt as core system files were deleted. But that's another story... Before the rebuild, we were merging, branching, and committing changes to a ...
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Oldest Linux machine you still run

What is your oldest machine you ever installed Linux on and currently still run? What are the specs, kernel version or distro, and for what purpose?
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How can I tell what version of OS X I'm on from the command line?

I frequently find myself SSHing into various OS X machines, and it'd be useful if I could tell what version of OS X I was on when I'm doing that. uname -a doesn't quite work, since Darwin kernel ...