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    CentOS: Enable CentOS GNOME Desktop

    Typically on Centos servers that we setup will do a minimum base installation of the OS and leave it running on CLI (Command-Line-Interface). However, some customers prefer to use servers in GUI (Graphical User Interface) mode. To that end, here's how we quickly enable the GNOME desktop login on a base installation server.

    1. Using yum, we will need to install X Windows System as the based for GUI and rich input device capability:

    # yum groupinstall -y 'X Window System'

    2. Only then we can install GNOME desktop environment on top of it:

    # yum groupinstall -y 'Desktop'

    3. Then we install GUI fonts to ensure GUI login is legible:

    # yum groupinstall -y fonts

    4. Because the server is running in CLI mode, we need to change a start-up value to tell CentOS to boot up in the GUI mode. Open /etc/inittab via a text editor and change following line:

    id:3:initdefault:

    To:

    id:5:initdefault:

    Then reboot:

    # init 6

    Note: You can switch from GUI to CLI mode manually by using the following method:

    GUI to CLI: Ctrl + Alt + F6
    CLI to GUI: Ctrl + Alt + F1

    If you want to start the desktop from CLI console (not SSH session), use following command:

    # startx

    And there you have it. a new GUI login and desktop!

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