One of the questions a beginner always asks is Which version should I install or use for my computer? o How do I know which version of Ubuntu I have? Two questions that are important for a beginner but for an expert have an easy solution as the terminal itself, through certain orders, you can inform us of this information.
Which version should I install on my computer?
To answer this question we need to know what kind of hardware our computer has, Specifically what processor it has. If we have a computer with a few years, with a single core or with little ram memory, We need to install 32-bit Ubuntu, A version that will always come with the nickname of i386, 32-bit or just x86.
Conversely if we have a computer with a current processor, with multiple cores or just that it has over 2 GB of RAM, Then the version of Ubuntu that we will have to use or install will be the 64-bit version or also called as x86_64 or AMD64. This version is currently the standard version as the latest computers all support this version.
What version of Ubuntu do I have installed on my computer?
But sometimes it happens that we bought the computer with Ubuntu included and we do not know which version we have installed, to know it we just have to open a terminal and write:
with this we will not only know the version of Ubuntu but also the name of the distribution and in case of being LTS, the version of this one. If we want to know if we have 32-bit Ubuntu or 64-bit Ubuntu, instead of typing the previous command, we have to type the following:
It will appear like this if we have 32-bit Ubuntu, and in this case “i386” or “x86_64” will appear for the 64-bit version. If on the contrary, we just want to know the kernel version that we have to know if it has an error or if we have it updated, we have to write the following command:
These commands are practical because we do not always have the graphical version in our Ubuntu, sometimes due to an incompatibility problem or because we simply use a server, we do not always have this information on hand or graphically, hence the importance of knowing this or at least knowing where to locate it.