Enable GUI for Centos 6 on top of command line

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Enable GUI for Centos 6 on top of command line

If you have installed CentOS 6.5, and you just have a terminal with a black background and you want to enable GUI then thsi article is for you to get it done.

Desktop environment is not necessary for Server usage, though. But Sometimes installation or using an application requires Desktop Environment, then build Desktop Environment as follows.

1 .Install GNOME Desktop Environment on here.

[root@m1 ~]# yum -y groupinstall “X Window System”

Loaded plugins: fastestmirror

Setting up Group Process

Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile

* base: mirrors.centos.webair.com

* extras: mirror.pac-12.org

* updates: bay.uchicago.edu

base/group_gz                                                                                                         | 226 kB     00:06     

Resolving Dependencies

There are unfinished transactions remaining. You might consider running yum-complete-transaction first to finish them.

The program yum-complete-transaction is found in the yum-utils package.

–> Running transaction check

—> Package firstboot.x86_64 0:1.110.15-4.el6 will be installed

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Complete!

2. Install Desktop

[root@m1 ~]# yum -y groupinstall “Desktop”

Loaded plugins: fastestmirror

Setting up Group Process

Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile

* base: mirror.atlanticmetro.net

* extras: centos.chi.host-engine.com

* updates: centos.chi.host-engine.com

Package notification-daemon-0.5.0-1.el6.x86_64 already installed and latest version

Package metacity-2.28.0-23.el6.x86_64 already installed and latest version

Package yelp-2.28.1-17.el6_3.x86_64 already installed and latest version

Resolving Dependencies

There are unfinished transactions remaining. You might consider running yum-complete-transaction first to finish them.

The program yum-complete-transaction is found in the yum-utils package.

–> Running transaction check

—> Package NetworkManager.x86_64 1:0.8.1-107.el6 will be installed

Complete!

3. Install General Purpose Desktop

[root@m1 ~]# yum -y groupinstall “General Purpose Desktop”

Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, refresh-packagekit

Setting up Group Process

Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile

* base: mirror.cs.pitt.edu

* extras: mirrors.kernel.org

* updates: centos.mirrors.wvstateu.edu

HDP-2.5                                                                                                               | 2.9 kB     00:00     

HDP-2.5.3.0                                                                                                           | 2.9 kB     00:00     

HDP-UTILS-1.1.0.21                                                                                                    | 2.9 kB     00:00     

HDP-UTILS-2.5.3.0                                                                                                     | 2.9 kB     00:00     

Updates-ambari-2.4.1.0                                                                                                | 2.9 kB     00:00     

base                                                                                                                  | 3.7 kB     00:00     

extras                                                                                                                | 3.4 kB     00:00     

mysql-connectors-community                                                                                            | 2.5 kB     00:00     

mysql-tools-community                                                                                                 | 2.5 kB     00:00     

mysql56-community                                                                                                     | 2.5 kB     00:00     

updates                                                                                                               | 3.4 kB     00:00     

Package gnome-themes-2.28.1-7.el6.noarch already installed and latest version

4. Input a command like below after finishing installation of new packages.

$startx

or

5. Run following command to have your GUI on your system. 

[root@m1 ~]# init 5

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