I am running Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 with GNOME 3.18, however when going into the Details section of the gnome-control-center it tells me just under the logo that I am running 16.04, though it then below says Ubuntu 15.10 64-bit (I have put a black box on the some of the information that I do not wish to be shown):

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This is very strange, so I am wondering why this is the case? I am not running 16.04, so why does it say that I am?

Information Update:

The output of lsb_release -a is:

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 15.10
Release:    15.10
Codename:   wily

And the output of apt-cache policy base-files gnome-shell is:

  Installed: 7.2ubuntu11
  Candidate: 7.2ubuntu11
  Version table:
 *** 7.2ubuntu11 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ wily/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

  Installed: 3.18.2-0ubuntu2~wily1
  Candidate: 3.18.2-0ubuntu2~wily1
  Version table:
 *** 3.18.2-0ubuntu2~wily1 0
        500 http://ppa.launchpad.net/gnome3-team/gnome3-staging/ubuntu/ wily/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     3.16.4-0ubuntu1 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ wily/universe amd64 Packages
     3.16.3-1ubuntu6+wily1 0
        500 http://ppa.launchpad.net/gnome3-team/gnome3/ubuntu/ wily/main amd64 Packages
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    Odd that you didn't include lsb_release output as usual. What is the output of lsb_release -a and apt-cache policy base-files? – muru Jan 17 '16 at 21:12
  • @muru: Sorry, I was going to, but then I just sort of got distracted and forgot... Anyway, I've updated it to include that information now. – user364819 Jan 17 '16 at 21:17
  • GNOME Shell 3.16.4, NOREPRO. Sounds like a bug. Are you using GNOME from the GNOME repository? – kos Jan 17 '16 at 21:19
  • @kos: I have installed GNOME 3.18 from the gnome3 and gnome3-staging PPAs. – user364819 Jan 17 '16 at 21:23
  • GNOME3 Staging is a testing branch. Reporting the description: "The packages here have been deemed not ready for general use, they have known bugs and/or regressions, sometimes of a critical nature.". So 99% that's a bug, or hardcoded as Fabby suggests below. Please add the output of apt-cache policy gnome-shell. – kos Jan 17 '16 at 21:28

Ubuntu 15.10 still comes with Gnome 3.16 by default.

GNOME 3.18 is the one that will be released (at the time of this writing) with Ubuntu GNOME 16.04, and gnome-control-center is directly backported from 16.04 on the GNOME 3 Staging PPAs with the Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 logo patched into it at build time.

  • Actually, it comes with GNOME 3.16. The odd numbered releases are the in-development versions, the even numbered releases are the stable releases. – user364819 Jan 17 '16 at 21:25
  • @ParanoidPanda FWIW, on Arch Linux, which has pretty much vanilla packages, it displays the GNOME version there: i.stack.imgur.com/lXQDB.png - pretty clear it's been patched to display something else. – muru Jan 17 '16 at 21:39

You're running a GNOME version from the GNOME3 Staging PPA, which is a testing branch for the main GNOME3 PPA.

Copying the relevant part from the description:

This PPA will be used to test uploads before they are copied to the main GNOME 3 PPA.

=== WARNING ===
The packages here have been deemed not ready for general use, they have known bugs and/or regressions, sometimes of a critical nature. Mostly things should run smoothly but be prepared to use ppa-purge, when you encounter issues!

So unless the reported Ubuntu version is (at least currently) hard coded / by design as Fabby suggests that's due to an incomplete implementation / bug.

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