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Users often seem confused about what Pi model they have and what OS version is installed or how to find details.

Where is this located?

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To list the initial installation (Raspbian only) cat /etc/rpi-issue | grep reference

Raspberry Pi reference 2019-06-20

To list the Current OS lsb_release -irdc

Distributor ID: Raspbian
Description:    Raspbian GNU/Linux 10 (buster)
Release:    10
Codename:   buster

To list the Kernel version uname -r

4.19.58-v7l+

To list the Model cat /proc/device-tree/model

Raspberry Pi 4 Model B Rev 1.1

There are a number of other interesting data:-

To list the hostname hostname

MilliwaysPi4

To list the Firmware /opt/vc/bin/vcgencmd version

Jul  9 2019 14:37:58 
Copyright (c) 2012 Broadcom
version d2b1b7fb01475cb3914b2086299e32d724e832f1 (clean) (release) (start)

To list the date the File System was "created" sudo tune2fs -l /dev/mmcblk0p2 | grep created (only for Raspbian on SD Card, but could be modified for other)

Filesystem created:       Fri Jun 21 03:05:22 2019

The following script is one I use including the above commands to collect relevant details. (It is called about)

#! /bin/sh
if [ -e /etc/rpi-issue ]; then
 echo "- Original Installation"
 cat /etc/rpi-issue
fi
if [ -e /usr/bin/lsb_release ]; then
 echo "- Current OS"
 lsb_release -irdc
fi
echo "- Kernel"
uname -r
echo "- Model"
cat /proc/device-tree/model && echo
echo "- hostname"
hostname
echo "- Firmware"
/opt/vc/bin/vcgencmd version
sudo tune2fs -l /dev/mmcblk0p2 | grep created

The output on my Pi3A+ shows

- Original Installation
Raspberry Pi reference 2018-11-13
Generated using pi-gen, https://github.com/RPi-Distro/pi-gen, 7e0c786c641ba15990b5662f092c106beed40c9f, stage4
- Current OS
Distributor ID: Raspbian
Description:    Raspbian GNU/Linux 9.6 (stretch)
Release:    9.6
Codename:   stretch
- Kernel
4.14.79-v7+
- Model
Raspberry Pi 3 Model A Plus Rev 1.0
- hostname
MilliwaysPi3A
- Firmware
Nov  4 2018 16:31:07 
Copyright (c) 2012 Broadcom
version ed5baf9520a3c4ca82ba38594b898f0c0446da66 (clean) (release)
Filesystem created:       Tue Jan  1 12:09:51 2019

It should produce a meaningful output on most Linux distributions, e.g. Ubuntu MATE

- Current OS
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS
Release:    16.04
Codename:   xenial
- Kernel
4.4.38-v7+
- Model
Raspberry Pi 2 Model B Rev 1.1
- hostname
PiUbuntu
- Firmware
Dec  9 2016 15:11:26 
Copyright (c) 2012 Broadcom
version 2e557d8dac70add28597c3b449cb52c34588d818 (clean) (release)

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