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Kernel versioning is independent of distro versioning, except to the extent that distros include patches of their own. This is indicated by tacking an extra identifier onto the version, e.g.: 3.16.6-203 Here 3.16.6 is the version of the vanilla (unmodified) kernel, and -203 is appended by the distro to indicate the relative version of their modifications ...


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Since you mentioned you're new to Linux I'm going to assume you mean you're new to the Linux Distributions. Linux is 'only' the kernel to a distribution. To call Debian, RedHat, Ubuntu and others Linux would not be correct. A distribution comprises of a Linux kernel + a whole range of programs around it to give it more functionality. So to take Debian as an ...



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