How out-of-date is my version of Linux?

Posted on 2007-10-17
Last Modified: 2013-12-16
This should be an easy question, I think.  I have a dedicated server with a hosting company, and I think I'm about to change to another company that installs updates and patches and fixes for me without me needing to pay attention and request them.  On my current server, when I run:
uname -a && cat /etc/*release  (I found that in a Google search)
I get the following:
Linux 2.4.18-27.7.xsmp #1 SMP Fri Mar 14 15:52:30 EST 2003 i686 unknown
Red Hat Linux release 7.2 (Enigma)
Simple question: can someone tell me how far behind I am in installing updates and security patches and the like?
Question by:StevenMiles
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    Accepted Solution

    The commands that you ran tell you the kernel version and the distribution version, but there are many (many!) updates to software packages that are not shown.  To really tell you'd also have to do an "rpm -qa" to list all of the installed RPMs and their versions.

    However, you're running Redhat 7.2, which had hit end of life and so it doesn't have any more updates available.  The last update released for 7.2 was in january of 2004.

    There is a chance that the software you use on a daily basis, such as apache and maybe php, mysql, etc... have been updated outside of the package manager (hopefully they have!).  In this case, tell us what you run and we can tell you how to find the version.

    Author Comment

    Hi, Arrkerr,
    I think the chances that the other software has been updated are nil, so I won't bother you with more data to evaluate.  You gave me what I need.  Thanks so much for being quick.
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    Expert Comment

    To give you an idea of how far Redhat 7.2 is behind, the progression is

    RH9 (last of the free Redhat releases)
    FC1 (Fedora project takes over)


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