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How can I determine the version of the running kernel?

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The official version of an Ubuntu kernel is found in the /proc/version_signature file. This file contains both the full Ubuntu version of the kernel and the mainline version on which it is based. The first field is always Ubuntu, the second field is the Ubuntu kernel version, and the final field is the upstream version:

$ cat /proc/version_signature
Ubuntu 2.6.35-6.9-generic 2.6.35-rc3
$

This and many questions just like it are answered in Ubuntu Kernel Team's wiki specifically the FAQ.

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cat /proc/version_signature gives: cat: /proc/version_signature: Datei oder Verzeichnis nicht gefunden on Ubuntu Precise Pangolin 12.04. This: cat /proc/version works. –  BuZZ-dEE Oct 17 '12 at 12:54

uname -a and uname -r will give you the information of the kernel used.

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if you don't want to open a terminal, you can view your kernel version using gnome-system-monitor. Look for the system monitor in the menu and look in the first tab System.

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You can use the two following commands:

uname -r for version 3.5.0.17-genric
uname -v for update time like #-ubuntu SMP Tue Oct 9 19:32:08 UTC 2012
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