How to check Linux version number?

You may need to know about your kernel version number to install some software on your machine. You can use the instructions described in this tutorial to find the kernel version number.

You can easily find your Linux kernel's version by running the following command from the command line.

cat /proc/version

The command above migth also provide you the details of your distribution.

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uname -a

tux@tux-laptop:~$ cat /proc/version
Linux version 2.6.32-41-generic (buildd@vernadsky) (gcc version 4.4.3 (Ubuntu 4.4.3-4ubuntu5.1) ) #89-Ubuntu SMP Fri Apr 27 22:22:09 UTC 2012

tux@tux-laptop:~$ uname -a
Linux tux-laptop 2.6.32-41-generic #89-Ubuntu SMP Fri Apr 27 22:22:09 UTC 2012 i686 GNU/Linux Posted by: anon.coder on May 28, 2012

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