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To find your Debian and Ubuntu install version:

Debian, type “cat /etc/debian_version”

Ubuntu, type “cat /etc/issue”

To find the Kernel version:

type, “uname -a” (prints all kernel information)

type, “uname -r” (prints your kernel release)

The “uname -r” command can be useful for installing things like the kernel headers, for example :-

 

apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)

To find what software package version’s have been installed:

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type, “dpkg -l | grep <package_name>”

For example to find what glib version you have installed:

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type, “dpkg -l | grep libc6

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