Installing MATE on CentOS/SL 7 from the command line

Run MATE on Centos/SL 7, I'd suggest opting for the "minimal" package option during initial installation (or at least not selecting an alternative desktop environment).

  1. Install the epel repository:
    [root@localhost ~]# yum install epel-release
  2. Install the X Window System:
    [root@localhost ~]# yum groupinstall "X Window system"
  3. Install the MATE desktop:
    [root@localhost ~]# yum groupinstall "MATE Desktop"
  4. Change systemd default.target to graphical.target:
    [root@localhost ~]# ln -sf /lib/systemd/system/graphical.target /etc/systemd/system/default.target
  5. Switch to your new desktop environment:
    [root@localhost ~]# systemctl isolate graphical.target

 

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