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#1 ONLINE   réjean

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 02:02 PM

Hi all!
My wife told me that her sister has a newer machine that came with Linux and that I could help her.
Where should I start? I thought about running the same thing in Vbox or VMWare or if I have an old live CD but how do we find out what she is running. Right now, I know how to find it in PCLinuxOS Gnome but here in OpenSUSE ( Gnome also ) I don't have a clue. I'll check in Mageia and in PCLinuxOS Phoenix but is there a terminal command that she could use?

Edited by réjean, 03 March 2012 - 02:05 PM.

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#2 OFFLINE   V.T. Eric Layton

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 02:12 PM

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$ cat /etc/*version


This will work with some distributions.

If she's done nothing to the computer, just the boot up menu or login screen will most likely say whatever GNU/Linux it is... Ubuntu, Mint, etc.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 02:18 PM

QUOTE (V.T. Eric Layton @ Mar 3 2012, 02:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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$ cat /etc/*version


This will work with some distributions.

If she's done nothing to the computer, just the boot up menu or login screen will most likely say whatever GNU/Linux it is... Ubuntu, Mint, etc.


I'll see when we start emailing but like you say I figure that she could at least tell me that much and then I can try your command which doesn't work here in OpenSuSE.
I figure there is a very good chance that she'll have a Ubuntu or Kubuntu and I have found a good tutorial if it is the case.
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#4 OFFLINE   securitybreach

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 02:31 PM

Try this instead:
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cat /etc/issue

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 03:39 PM

Works well here in Mageia;
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[rejean@localhost ~]$ cat /etc/issue
Mageia release 1 (Official) for i586
Kernel 2.6.38.8-desktop-10.mga on a Dual-processor i686 / \l
[rejean@localhost ~]$


Thanks Josh. It is a lot simpler than looking into the Help->About, which sometimes tell me the Nautilus version, other times the Gnome.

Here in PCLinux;
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[rejean@localhost ~]$ cat /etc/issue
ZEN-mini release 2011 (PCLinuxOS) for i586
Kernel 2.6.38.8-pclos3.bfs on a Dual-processor i686 / \l


and I found another hidden in some of my notes;
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[rejean@localhost ~]$ cat /etc/*-release
LSB_VERSION=lsb-3.1-ia32:lsb-3.1-noarch
DISTRIB_ID=ZEN-mini
DISTRIB_RELEASE=
DISTRIB_CODENAME=
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="ZEN-mini"
ZEN-mini release 2011 (PCLinuxOS) for i586
ZEN-mini release 2011 (PCLinuxOS) for i586
ZEN-mini release 2011 (PCLinuxOS) for i586
ZEN-mini release 2011 (PCLinuxOS) for i586
ZEN-mini release 2011 (PCLinuxOS) for i586
[rejean@localhost ~]$


which might be more what Eric had in mind.

Edited by réjean, 03 March 2012 - 03:47 PM.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 04:03 PM

Yup that one works too:
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╚═══ ~-> cat /etc/*-release
Arch Linux release
DISTRIB_ID=archlinux
DISTRIB_RELEASE=rolling
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Arch Linux"

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 06:38 PM

I had forgotten about "issue" and "*release". I'm so used to using "*version" in Slackware-based distros. wink.gif

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 07:23 PM

As long as my sister-in-law can tell me what she is using it's fine with me. In the meantime;
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rejean@linux-e31f4vl9m:~> cat /etc/issue
Welcome to openSUSE 12.1 "Asparagus" - Kernel \r (\l)..
rejean@linux-e31f4vl9m:~> cat /etc/*-release
NAME=openSUSE
VERSION = 12.1 (Asparagus)
VERSION_ID="12.1"
PRETTY_NAME="openSUSE 12.1 (Asparagus) (x86_64)"
ID=opensuse
openSUSE 12.1 (x86_64)
VERSION = 12.1
CODENAME = Asparagus


I like the code name since we do grow asparagus ourselves.

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#9 OFFLINE   V.T. Eric Layton

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 07:24 PM

YUCK! Asparagus.  icon8.gif

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 08:05 PM

And you really eat those things? Really? That'll get you to the can every 15 minutes or so for the next two hours to come...
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 09:29 PM

You may be thinking of canned asparagus but if you had a chance to taste some fresh, organic ones sauteed in butter for no more than a minute then dusted over with parmesan cheese and grilled for another few minutes you would think differently.
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Posted 05 March 2012 - 02:11 AM

QUOTE (réjean @ Mar 4 2012, 08:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You may be thinking of canned asparagus but if you had a chance to taste some fresh, organic ones sauteed in butter for no more than a minute then dusted over with parmesan cheese and grilled for another few minutes you would think differently.


That almost sound tasty. smile.gif

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 11:46 AM

Smacking my lips. I call dibs on striker's and Eric's unwanted asparagus because I love it. The season is so short so it isn't a veggie I eat much of.
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Posted 05 March 2012 - 11:51 AM

You go, girl! You're welcome to my share. I'll stick to broccoli and cauliflower. wink.gif

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 08:38 PM

About the only veggie I rarely eat is Brussels sprouts because I'm gassy the rest of the day. Iy just doesn't like me. My late roommate sauteed some Brussel sprouts in garlic butter and I ate 3 helpings!!! Saute anything in garlic butter and I'll probably eat it. hysterical.gif
So how did we get from an unknown linux distro to a discussion of veggies?
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Posted 06 March 2012 - 12:00 AM

Asparagus ROCKS! We have a small patch that's been serving us well, no pun intended, for ten years. We eat what we can and freeze the rest.
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Posted 06 March 2012 - 08:52 AM

QUOTE (zlim @ Mar 5 2012, 08:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So how did we get from an unknown linux distro to a discussion of veggies?


blame the anarchist  whistling.gif

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 01:54 PM

Sure. It's always the poor anarchist who gets blamed. sad.gif

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 02:25 PM

QUOTE (V.T. Eric Layton @ Mar 3 2012, 08:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
YUCK! Asparagus.  icon8.gif


The internet never lies  whistling.gif
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Posted 06 March 2012 - 03:16 PM

Has to be true. I saw it on YouTube. wink.gif

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 06:07 PM

QUOTE (zlim @ Mar 6 2012, 01:38 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
About the only veggie I rarely eat is Brussels sprouts because I'm gassy the rest of the day. Iy just doesn't like me. My late roommate sauteed some Brussel sprouts in garlic butter and I ate 3 helpings!!! Saute anything in garlic butter and I'll probably eat it. hysterical.gif
So how did we get from an unknown linux distro to a discussion of veggies?


When you cook those sprouts cook 'm with some little onion parts in it, that'll take out the gas.
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Posted 07 March 2012 - 07:03 AM

QUOTE (abarbarian @ Mar 7 2012, 05:25 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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