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Re: Lenny version info

On Mon, 13 Dec 2010 18:18:25 +1100
Andrew McGlashan <andrew.mcglashan@affinityvision.com.au> wrote:

> Hi,
> Chris Bannister wrote:
> > On Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 03:05:45PM +1030, Ashvin Narayanan wrote:
> >> Thanks Jim/Michael for taking time to show me how to use Google
> >> instead of simply pointing me to debian-users.
> > 
> > Naturally, I assume you would do a google first!!! Just think, in
> > a few years time if someone googles your name, will they think you
> > ignorant/lazy and not able to use a search engine?
> I don't understand why everyone thinks a personal attack is in
> order here???????
> The following from one of my own fully updated Debian servers is as
> follows: # cat /etc/issue
>          Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 \n \l
> That doesn't tell me a great deal in itself -- should it also say 
> "Lenny" ?   I think it should, but I don't make those decisions; it 
> certainly is debatable.

You may try "cat /etc/debian_version"

> The latest stable release today is 5.0.7 ... but that is the whole 
> distro, not just "which Linux do I have".
> What version of Linux .... well, the only simple answer is, see
> your kernel version from:
>         # cat /proc/version
> Most of us know, fwiw, that Linux is just the kernel, with the
> distro counting for much more overall.  The file /etc/issue may not
> exist on all Linux distros either.
> Of course there are other methods / tools and even further
> questions, I'm sure.
> Perhaps a look at /etc/apt/sources.list would be in order too, for
> some more answers.  And being a Debian distro, some reading of man
> pages for dpkg as well.
> And yes, the query should have been sent to debian-users, but that 
> doesn't mean a personal attack is warranted, does it?  Do you want
> to drive Debian users away or encourage them to stay?
> Google has many answers, and some might be better searching:
>     http://google.com/linux
> However, Google doesn't have all the answers, a polite response may
> have been a better outcome in this case and other somewhat
> considered "trivial" cases -- it was good enough to spend the time
> attacking a person, but not good enough to help with a real
> answer?  Sure, some questions are "too trivial and seem to be noise
> for noise sake", so just ignore them and let the person asking such
> questions consider again how to ask a "good" question or do some of
> their own "ground work" first.
> Whilst searching Google will give many answers, sometimes the
> answer simply lies within the machine in question itself and maybe
> even it's own dedicated mailing list users whom would like to
> "help" and promote their disto of choice, rather than dampen the
> spirits of an enquirer.
> As we say in AU, "Fair go."

Anh Ky Huynh at UTC+7

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