How to check the version on your Ubuntu server

Do you have a virtual private server (VPS) somewhere and want to know exactly what version of Ubuntu you’re running?

From your termnial type:
cat /etc/lsb-release
for me that returns the following

DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
DISTRIB_RELEASE=10.04
DISTRIB_CODENAME=lucid
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION=”Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS”

So, is it a 32-bit system or a 64 bit system?
Type
uname -m
in my case it says i686 which means it is a 32-bit system.
If it says x86_64 then you have a 64 bit system.

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