What release am I running?

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Identifying build number

If you are sure that you are running an official release produced by OLPC (as opposed to a deployment), you can follow the techniques below to identify the build number, and then refer to the table to see which release it corresponds to.

If you are not running an offical OLPC release (e.g. you are running a development release, pre-release, or deployment build), or if you are unsure, skip to #Identifying release information to determine the version information in more detail.

{{#ask: Build number::!999

 | mainlabel=-
 | ?Build number
 | ?=Release
 | ?Also called
 | ?Release date
 | ?Release notes
 | sort=Build number
 | order=desc
 | default=No releases with a build number that's not 999 (which indicates "unknown")


"About my Computer" in release 10.1.x

You can find what build and firmware your XO is running by:

  1. Return to the Home view by pressing the Home key Home key f3 small.png, or the F3 key,
  2. If you do not see the XO icon, click the "ring" icon, or press Ctrl+1, to switch to Favorites view from List view,
  3. Hover over the XO icon, or right-click it, and a menu will pop up,
  4. Click the item "My Settings", then click "About my Computer", and a panel will appear,

In the software section of the panel you will find a build number, e.g. 852.

"About my XO" in release 8.2.x

If you have Release 8.2.X, then the instructions above are almost the same, except the menu option is called "Control Panel" and the icon is "About my XO".

"About this XO" in release 8.1.x

If you have Release 8.1.0 (also known as "Update.1", also known as Build 703 and higher) or later, then you can determine which build and firmware your XO is running by:

  1. Return to the Home view by pressing F3.
  2. Hover the cursor over the XO icon in the middle of the Home view.
  3. In the menu that pops up, click the item "About this XO".

From the terminal

For all releases, including those older than 8.1.x, try the following commands, in this order. One of them will reveal the build number:

cat /boot/olpc_build
cat /etc/issue
olpc-netstatus -i

Identifying release information

If you are running a software version that is not an official release (e.g. a pre-release), or are unsure, the following instructions will help you identify the version information.

From the terminal

The following commands from the Terminal activity should reveal information about the release you are running:

cat /etc/olpc-release
cat /etc/issue
olpc-netstatus -i

From the console

The console displays the build number, until it scrolls off the top of the screen.

  1. Press ctrl+alt+F2 (the F2 key is the same as the Group key Friends key f2 small.png. The Ctrl key has a solid diamond on it (♦); the Alt key has an open diamond on it (♢). See Keyboard Shortcuts for more details.)
  2. Read the build number from the first line of text that appears in the console window

Sample transcript:

OLPC build 650 (stream ship.2: variant devel_jffs2)
kernel 2.6.22-20070919.2.olpc.0987654321abcdefabcedf on an i586
xo-05-29-BB login:

The OS build number in the above example is 650, from the ship.2 stream.

To return to the Sugar graphical display press ctrl+alt+F1 or ctrl+alt+F3 . (The F3 key is the same as the Home key Home key f3 small.png.)

Checking firmware version

See Firmware/Identify.

Checking wireless firmware version

From the terminal, run:

ethtool -i eth0

On recent OLPC OS releases, this information is also available in Sugar where you read the build number (follow the instructions above).