Update: There is an updated version of this post available here: Find your Ubuntu kernel version.
To make up for not blogging over the past few weeks I’ve got a few things up my sleeve here. I definitely want to get back into my old habit so I’ll just dive right in.
This tutorial will outline a few methods of finding your installed Ubuntu version or kernel version. These can be useful if you ever need to troubleshoot a problem or need more information for a bug submission.
The first method you can use is a GUI method to see what version you have installed. Personally I think it could be made a bit more prominent, but that isn’t my call. To find the version using the GUI method simply do the following:
System > About Ubuntu
The resulting window will show some main contents and then thank you for your interest in version.
“Thank you for your interest in Ubuntu 6.10 – the Edgy Eft – released in October 2006.”
The other method to find your version is a command line method. There are two commands you can use:
or you can use
Ubuntu kernel version
…and finally to find your kernel version and a few more details about your machine use the uname command which, per the man pages, shows system information. Examples:
uname -a : print all information
uname -r : print the kernel release
uname -v : print the kernel version
uname -o : print the operating system
See man uname for more details on using the uname command and now you should be able to find out more about your machine, report better bugs and continue to make Ubuntu even better!