[SOLVED] CentOS-7 "Minimal Desktop" installation GNOME

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[SOLVED] CentOS-7 "Minimal Desktop" installation GNOME

Postby anderson_thomas » 2014/07/12 05:35:30

Hi,

I've tried a few installations with CentOS-7, but when I try
a.) Server with GUI
b.) GNOME Desktop
there are a lot of packages, (~1.200) will be installed.

What I'm missing, is a installation like "Minimal Desktop" as in CentOS-6 for
a minimal server installation with GUI .

Things like "weather, libreoffice" and so on, are totaly oversize for my needs.

Is there a trick to get a similar installation like "Minimal Desktop" in CentOS-7 too?

Thank you for any reply
Thomas.

[SOLVED] --> See the following description:

Here is a desciption at my own non commercial DokuWiki (sorry, only in german language):
http://www.dokuwiki.tachtler.net/doku.p ... stallation

thank you "Gabor" for bringing me on the right way... to reach a CentOS7 Minimal Desktop Installation
you can do following steps:

1. Install CentOS-7 - Minimal (First entry point in list)
2. yum groupinstall "X Window System"
3. yum install gnome-classic-session gnome-terminal nautilus-open-terminal control-center liberation-mono-fonts
4. unlink /etc/systemd/system/default.target
5. ln -sf /lib/systemd/system/graphical.target /etc/systemd/system/default.target
6. reboot

Now you have a CentOS-7 Minimal Desktop installation LIKE CentOS-6 Minimal Desktop

Enjoy!
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Re: CentOS-7 "Minimal Desktop" installation like in CentOS-6

Postby rbrick49 » 2014/07/12 06:35:04

minimal isnt built yet you will have to use netinstall you can now pick what you want from the gui that pops up when you start the install it worked ok for me
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Re: CentOS-7 "Minimal Desktop" installation like in CentOS-6

Postby gerald_clark » 2014/07/12 06:36:11

CentOS 6 minimal does NOT have a GUI.
Minimal and Desktop don't belong in the same sentence.

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Re: CentOS-7 "Minimal Desktop" installation like in CentOS-6

Postby anderson_thomas » 2014/07/12 07:27:53

Hi gerald_clark,

see the picture from the CentOS-6 installation process, there you can choose
"Minimal Dekstop", for example.

Thomas
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Re: CentOS-7 "Minimal Desktop" installation like in CentOS-6

Postby scottro » 2014/07/12 11:05:27

Out of curiosity, what does minimal desktop give you as a desktop? Matchbox? That's the one I remember.

CentOS has usually offered a relatively small choice of desktops though I suspect that once 7 has been around for awhile, various 3rd party repos will offer several of them. So far, in 7.x, I've just compiled dwm on it. (A very small tiling window manager desktop that requires very few dependencies.)
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Re: CentOS-7 "Minimal Desktop" installation like in CentOS-6

Postby TrevorH » 2014/07/12 11:09:18

It gives you gnome but without the 1001 extra packages.
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Re: CentOS-7 "Minimal Desktop" installation like in CentOS-6

Postby anderson_thomas » 2014/07/12 11:10:02

Hi scottro,

after installing "Minimal Desktop" under CentOS-6, you have GNOME2 with a set of minimal
packages and programs. This is useful, if you need a server and a graphical set of programs,
like for example virt-manager.

Thomas.

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Re: CentOS-7 "Minimal Desktop" installation like in CentOS-6

Postby scottro » 2014/07/12 15:27:07

Thanks to both of you for the answer.

In my own case, we always used minimal and added on after that for servers, and for workstations (which were just for me) I would do as I mentioned before, install some basics then put in dwm.
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Re: CentOS-7 "Minimal Desktop" installation like in CentOS-6

Postby scottro » 2014/07/12 16:31:43

I just made my own little write-up on what I do. At this point, probably only useful for those who want to use dwm until some third party repos make rpms for things like fluxbox and openbox.

http://srobb.net/minimaldesktop.html
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Re: CentOS-7 "Minimal Desktop" installation like in CentOS-6

Postby gerald_clark » 2014/07/12 17:43:58

I thought you were requesting a CentOS 7 minimal CD/DVD, not referring to the existing choices in the standard DVD.


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