After performing a base install of CentOS 6 using the minimal install CD, do the following to install a basic GNOME desktop environment:
# yum groupinstall "Desktop" "Desktop Platform" "X Window System" "Fonts"
Run the following on a particular package group in order to see detailed information including a description and which packages it will install.
# yum groupinfo groupname
There are additional package groups if you want something more than a basic desktop environment. For example,
# yum -y groupinstall "General Purpose Desktop"
To see a list of all the installed and available package groups:
# yum grouplist
Once installed, you can start GNOME by running:
$ /sbin/telinit 5
To have CentOS boot into runlevel 5 “X11” instead of runlevel 3 “Full multiuser mode”, modify the /etc/inittab file to change start up level from
My System Configuration
- CentOS 6.5 x86 64-bit