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Check linux distro, release, codename

Use lsb_release:

$ lsb_release -a

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 10.10
Release: 10.10
Codename: maverick

OR

For Redhat, Centos, Fedora:

$ cat /etc/*-release

For Debian based:

$ cat /etc/issue
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