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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Giles has a pretty complete | cool answer for the ways he describes.
# cat /proc/version Linux version 2.6.32-71.el6.x86_64 (firstname.lastname@example.org) (gcc version 4.4.4 20100726 (Red Hat 4.4.4-13) (GCC) ) #1 SMP Fri May 20 03:51:51 BST 2011
# uname -a Linux system1.doofus.local 2.6.32-71.el6.x86_64 #1 SMP Fri May 20 03:51:51 BST 2011 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
# cat /etc/issue CentOS Linux release 6.0 (Final) Kernel \r on an \m
Though I did some checking and this was not very reliable except on SUSE.
# zcat /proc/config.gz | grep -i kernel CONFIG_SUSE_KERNEL=y # CONFIG_KERNEL_DESKTOP is not set CONFIG_LOCK_KERNEL=y
Release Files in
/etc (from Unix.com)
There is also a bash script at the Unix.com link someone wrote to automate checking.
Figuring out what package manager you have is a good clue.
zypper +many more
Though this is by no means foolproof as the vendor could use anything they want. It really just gives you a place to start.
# dmesg | less Linux version 220.127.116.11-0.7-default (geeko@buildhost) (gcc version 4.3.4 [gcc-4_3-branch revision 152973] (SUSE Linux) ) #1 SMP 2010-05-20 11:14:20 +0200
pretty much the same information as
cat /proc/version &
As a first guess, try
lsb_release -a. E.g. on an Arch Linux system it gives
LSB Version: n/a
Distributor ID: archlinux
Description: Arch Linux
However, this might fail, then you will have to poke around
/etc (most likely it is inside a file whose name ends with
cat /etc/issue might help.