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Old 08-28-2013, 08:04 PM   #1
larmire
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Getting started!


Greeting:

I've just installed CentOS v6 in a virtual machine. Gotta learn this stuff. I'm thinking I did not 'install' any type of GUI or 'windows'. All I have is a black DOS screen. I tried typing 'start x' but all I get is 'unknown job: x'. How do I 'install' a GUI now that I have already loaded the OpSys?

Thank you all for your assist.

larmire
 
Old 08-28-2013, 08:35 PM   #2
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Hi,

the "DOS" screen is the "console". From there, as the user root, you can install GUI components using your package manager. For example
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yum groupinstall basic-desktop desktop-platform x11 fonts
HTH,

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Old 08-28-2013, 09:29 PM   #3
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If you selected the CentOS "server" install, CentOS does not install a desktop environment by default. This is because most servers in the enterprise are headless, that is, they do not have a monitor or keyboard, but sit in racks and are administered remotely using tools such as ssh and scp. You can see man ssh and man scp for more details.

The command that evo2 listed will install the basic default desktop environment, but it will need to be run as root. Either log in as root or, once logged in as user, use su to switch to root.

Here's a link to the CentOS wiki. It should help a log.

http://wiki.centos.org/TipsAndTricks
 
Old 08-28-2013, 11:24 PM   #4
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Greeting:

I've just installed CentOS v6 in a virtual machine. Gotta learn this stuff. I'm thinking I did not 'install' any type of GUI or 'windows'. All I have is a black DOS screen. I tried typing 'start x' but all I get is 'unknown job: x'. How do I 'install' a GUI now that I have already loaded the OpSys?

Thank you all for your assist.

larmire
The script is 'startx' not 'start x' from the cli.
 
  


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