How to find out what GNU/Linux distribution you're using
Recently I needed to find out what GNU/Linux a terminal-only server is using. The most obvious thing I could think of was to use:
Unfortunately, it will return the kernel information only – no details about the distribution though.
The distribution info is located in a different file which is dependent on… the distribution itself. Check out the list of those filenames here.
As a majority of those files ends with “release” part, in most cases it should be enough to execute the following command: