On 04/02/2015 11:27 AM, Les Mikesell wrote: > Why does something this simple [as figuring out what OS and version > you're on] have to waste so much time? Sorry for the editorial brackets there, Les, but that is, I think, an accurate distillation of the previous paragraphs. It's not simple because of the Perl mantra and the very nature of free and open source development. It is the beast we have; and as long as consensus between disparate distributions of just Linux is not found on this topic it will remain less simple than it could be. Distributions have vested interests - competitive, egotistic, and other - to do things differently, and that's not likely to change, as much as I wish it would. And that's just within the Linux ecosystem.