So, many people using Ubuntu might ask that which version of Ubuntu are they running after an update comes or they degrade their system. Or the simple question maybe that what is the version of my Ubuntu OS. Well, this thing is not really unknown to the regular users of Ubuntu.
But Ubuntu newbies might have a difficulty in knowing that what is the version of the Ubuntu operating system that they are using. This doubt might very well arise after a system upgrade.
During an Ubuntu update, many things can happen. Either you will get a new version of Ubuntu or you might get some new updates of the software you are running on your system. That does not really mean that every time, you update Ubuntu, you are going to have a new version of Ubuntu.
This makes sense right? Yeah, because, Ubuntu releases its versions two times a year. That is, usually in April and October and that is the reason why they name their versions as 16.04, 16.10 etc. The numbers actually represent the year and month. So, well that was a brief little summary of how ubuntu names its versions.
But the main topic of the article is that how are you going to find that which version of Ubuntu you are running?
How you can Check Ubuntu Version from command line using lsb_release :
The answer is really easy and simple. You can do it directly from using the command line of your ubuntu. From that, I mean your shell or terminal.
So, fire up a terminal.
Then type :
Now lsb_release tells you the version of your operating system. It tells you about your ubuntu kernel which can be different with different releases. The kernel version may also vary if you had installed another kernel or are using another kernel. The “-a” command tells the system to show all the lsb_release modules to you so you can have a better look at the version of your OS and system.
This will contain the distributor name which will obviously be Ubuntu. It will have the release name, which can differ according to the version of Ubuntu you have and also the kernel etc. So that was it. It is a very simple and easy thing to do. The whole goal of the article was to let you know that when does the Ubuntu version change and how to find your version after that.
Also, using this method, you can find the version of other linux distributions as well. Like you can find any the version of your Debian OS, Arch Linux OS, Linux Mint etc. You can find the version of any other linux operating system having lsb modules using this method. So it is not specific to ubuntu.
Check Ubuntu version from your Desktop Environment :
There is another way using which you can check the version of your Ubuntu operating system directly from your desktop Environment. What you had to do is to go to your Unity control panel settings and from there check which version of the Ubuntu you are running.
If you are using Xfce4, then you can go the settings manager of Xfce4 and check the version of your Ubuntu. At the end of they day, the information you will get will be the same. But these are just different ways to check your Ubuntu version.
If you like to be geeky, then you can view it directly from the terminal. Otherwise, I think that check it from the Desktop Environment is easy. But in the end, that choice depends on you. This is nothing special you know. Check your ubuntu version is easy as “ABC”. Even a child can view the version of the OS he or she is running.
Also check the : Mediacenter Operating System
Well, I hope you would have learnt in the end that how to find the linux version.