I configured a RPi B+ using the latest NOOBS found here: https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/noobs/, which I assumed had the latest Raspbian on it (Stretch, as of November 2017).

But after installing Raspbian and then performing cat /etc/os-release from an ssh session (logged in as the pi user) I'm seeing:

PRETTY_NAME="Raspbian GNU/Linux 8 (jessie)"
NAME="Raspbian GNU/Linux"
VERSION="8 (jessie)"

Which leads me to assume that it's Jessie, not Stretch that is installed. What is up with that? Either I'm reading the version information incorrectly or the latest NOOBS is installing Jessie not Stretch, or I'm losing my mind.

Which one is it?

  • I just re-installed from the same NOOBS image, and in the NOOBS OS selector, it definitely says it will install Debian Stretch... so what's the deal with cat /etc/os-release?
    – Tom Auger
    Nov 22, 2017 at 19:10
  • apt-get install lsb-release then run lsb-release -c or lsb-release -d Nov 23, 2017 at 1:47

1 Answer 1


The version of Debian depends on what's installed from the system's sources.list It's not uncommon to have a mixed system based on testing and unstable.

The /etc/os-release file is optional. However, it should match the installed version, but that's up to the OS vendor to configure. The mismatch may cause some software to be installed and/or configured incorrectly.

File a bug report with NOOBS

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