What Ubuntu flavour is my Mint?

If you run Linux Mint and are looking for tutorials you often find better results googling for “How to do <x> in Ubuntu <version>” (where Ubuntu version is the base distribution that Mint is built on) than “How to do <x> in Mint <version>”.

I have a few machines, and don’t always remember which is running what.

Running lsb_release -a in a term will return your distribution name – but then you still need to look the Ubuntu base version up. A quick google didn’t turn up a handy table mapping Mint name and number to its Ubuntu base version name and number, so I made one:

Mint Version Mint Name Ubuntu Version Ubuntu Name Supported Until
14 Nadia 12.10 Quantal Quetzal April 2014
13 (LTS) Maya 12.04 Precise Pangolin April 2017
12 Lisa 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot April 2013
11 Katya 11.04 Natty Narwhal October 2012
10 Julia 10.10 Maverick Meerkat April 2012
9 (LTS) Isadora 10.04 Lucid Lynx April 2013

BTW, if you want to see what your kernel version is, run uname -a.

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