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Install a Gnome Desktop on CentOS or Redhat

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This article explains how to install a GUI desktop (Gnome) on a Redhat or CentOS system and have the system boot to that GUI on startup.

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

To have Gnome start on boot, you will need to edit the file “/etc/inittab” and replace the following:

id:3:initdefault:

With this:

id:5:initdefault:

You can change to the GUI without rebooting by entering the following:

init 5

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