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

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How do I identify which Linux distro is running? [duplicate]

We have some new hardware in our office which runs its own customized Linux OS. How do I go about figuring which distro it's based on?
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Why doesn't uname -a return a useful identifier

I typed the command uname -a into my college's server and got this: 2.6.18-274.3.1.el5 #1 SMP Tue Sep 6 20:14:03 EDT 2011 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux Are they trying to hide the version of Linux that ...
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How do I tell what version of Gentoo & Linux is running?

Is there a way to tell from Bash what distro version # I'm running and also what Kernel version is included?
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How can I tell what version of linux I'm using?

Often times I will ssh into a new client's box to make changes to their website configuration without knowing much about the server configuration. I have seen a few ways to get information about the ...
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Multiple installed versions of git - centos

I manually installed git 1.6 a year or two ago. I noticed today that the 1.7 version is available in yum, and installed it (package git-all) I now get the following output: [root@ovz5197 ~]# git ...
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How can I revert a package to a specific version on Gentoo?

I'm a Debian user pretty much new to Gentoo. I wanted to install a specific version of a package namely the 1.39.0 version of dev-libs/boost, http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-libs/boost. But I ...
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Are there any problems if I install an old version of a Linux distro?

I've got a computer with 512 MB of RAM, and a 50 GB hard disk. Question: will I have any problems if I install an old version of Ubuntu, Knoppix, or any other distro? For example: may I have any ...
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Which sed version is not GNU sed 4.0?

I'm trying to figure out which version of sed that I've got on BusyBox 1.18.3. The --version output is cryptic. $ sed --version This is not GNU sed version 4.0 The following code is from the ...
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How to install multiple versions of the same package in Gentoo?

I would like to install two (or more) versions of the same packages on my Gentoo system. I know for sure there won't be any file clash, since there very few files installed and each of them is named ...
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Numbering convention for the linux kernel?

What is the convention for numbering the linux kernels? AFAIK, the numbers never seem to decrease. However, i think I've seen three kinds of schemes 2.6.32-29 2.6.32-29.58 2.6.11.10 Can anybody ...
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What I can I do to make the transition to some new computer hardware safe and smooth?

I normally use machine A, and I make backups of A onto a fileserver B. Sooner or later, I will lose machine A for one reason or another. Its hard drive wears out, or it gets hit by lightening, or some ...
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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 ...