How to find version of reallu old Debian machine?

Pastor JW rev.olson at
Sat Mar 21 20:00:45 UTC 2009

On Saturday 21 March 2009 11:00:41 am Dotan Cohen wrote:
> 2009/3/21 stan <stanb at>:
> > I've got a really old version of Debian running on an internal amchine.
> > As a matter offact the kerrnel was last compiled in 2003!
> >
> > I want to try to find a pacjage (.deb) to install on this machine, and I
> > need to know the version of Debian on this machine to start googling.
> >
> > How do I determine this?
> $ cat /etc/issue

I thought it was $ cat /etc/debian_version but I don't really know as it has 
been YEARS since I played with Debian!  

73 de N7PSV aka Pastor JW <n><   PDGA# 35276
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