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Adding a GUI Desktop Environment (Gnome) To A CentOS 6 Minimal Install Using Yum Groupinstall


If you do your initial Centos 6 install using “minimal install” from the full DVD or you use CentOS-6.0 minimal.iso you won’t have a desktop environment or other packages.

Thankfully the minimal install includes yum so you can add and remove packages from your system.  To install the Gnome desktop environment do one of the following as a root user:

yum groupinstall basic-desktop desktop-platform x11 fonts

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yum groupinstall "Desktop" "Desktop Platform" "X Window System" "Fonts"

Here is what is included in the minimal CentOS 6 install (taken from here):

aic94xx-firmware bfa-firmware ql2100-firmware ql2200-firmware ql23xx-firmware ql2400-firmware ql2500-firmware acl
attr audit binutils checkpolicy chkconfig coreutils curl bridge-utils
db4-utils device-mapper dhclient diffutils dracut e2fsprogs efibootmgr ethtool
findutils fipscheck gpgme iproute iptables iputils logrotate lvm2
mdadm mingetty ncurses net-tools nfs-utils nss-util openssh-clients openssh-server
python rsyslog selinux-policy-targeted util-linux-ng vi yum

How to install CentOS 6 using remote install over the internet – aka Net Install


If you want to install CentOS 6 using remote install there are few easy steps.  First you need the CentOS 6 net install CentOS-6.2-x86_64-netinstall.iso which is about 227 mb.  You can get it here: Next you burn the cd or mount the iso in a virtual machine and boot up the system.  When it asks where your install media can be located you select “URL”. Next, use either of the following paths:

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32 bit:
64 bit:

If these dont work you can try these:


Finally hit next and you should be on your way.  The install should continue as normal and everything the system needs to complete the install will be downloaded and installed.

This was originally designed so you could host the install files on your local network or ftp server but works just as well over the internet.  This is especially useful if you want to do a minimal install so you don’t have to download the entire 4+GB ISO file.

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