Matthias Klose added the comment:
This is not available everywhere, not even on Linux distributions. Why would
you implement something which only works on 50% of existing Linux
distributions? Who would even use that? And for what would you use it? You
have a distro module available now from PyPi, you can use that one instead, and
it gives 100% correct results for all currently known distros, and can be
updated independent of Python releases.
If it's that a simple function, then please implement it for your own needs. I
think it's bad style too, to rely on specific distro and release information
instead of checking release names and versions. Such a style should not be
encouraged in the standard lib from my point of view.
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