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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 ...


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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