Distribution name and version
Is there any reason why a package whould need to know exact distribution
name and version? Something like RHS's /etc/redhat-release?
If yes, one suggestion is /etc/dist-release, or /etc/distrib-release (where
distrib is literaly 'distrib' not name of the distribution), with some sort
of standard format...
Or make an extension for uname, let's say to the current list of:
-r, --release print the operating system release
-s, --sysname print the operating system name
-R, --RELEASE print the distribution system release
-S, --SYSNAME print the distribution system name
which could just read it from /etc/dist-release