How to determine version of Ubuntu

Derek Broughton news at
Sun Aug 5 01:39:58 UTC 2007

jack wrote:

> On Sat, 2007-08-04 at 17:46 -0400, Chris wrote:
>> On Sat, 4 Aug 2007 15:40:33 -0400
>> "Yanni Enya" <yannienya101 at> wrote:
>> > How to determine version of Ubuntu I am running?  I just updated 46
>> > pacakages and I still see Ubuntu 6.06 and not 7.01
>> Type this:
>> cat /etc/
> It'd be nice if it would return the actual version name...
> Since I'm running Kubuntu 7.04, but it reports as Ubuntu 7.04
> (just a semantic, but it would be relevant in a lot of cases)

No, it wouldn't.  As far as the packaging system is concerned, there is only
Ubuntu.  Kubuntu uses the same set of sources, but installs kubuntu-desktop
and all its dependencies.

Whether you're running Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, EduBuntu or who knows how
many other variants we now have, the version is _still_ "Ubuntu"

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