Tip of the Week: Verifying your version of Linux

Blog Post created by ken_foster on Apr 14, 2013

It is important to know what platform and operating system you have in order to verify that your system configuration is supported. On Linux platforms, this is not immediately obvious. This week’s Tip of the Week will help you get that information.


There are two key pieces of information you need to put this together: The release name and the kernel version.


To get the release name, login to the system you want to verify and cat the release information file:


cat /etc/redhat-release (Red Hat Enterprise Linux)

cat /etc/SuSE-release (Novell SuSE Enterprise Linux)


This will give you the base release information.


To get the kernel version, run the command ‘uname –a’. The kernel version is the third field of the output:


Linux envlsf1 2.6.18-8.el5 #1 SMP Fri Jan 26 14:15:14 EST 2007 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux


Once you have these key pieces of information, it is easy to determine which specific version of Linux you have using a search on the internet. Below are links to a few useful documents that list the version information for Red Hat and SuSE Linux.