Installing MATE On CentOS

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I’m a big fan of the MATE desktop for my Linux distro’s. As such, I found a neat guide on how to install it in CentOS v7.

To Resolve:

  1. During the install, just choose minimal install. Accept license, and then do your standard “sudo yum update” before moving to the next step.

  2. Now, install the EPEL-repositories

yum install epel-release
  1. Then install the X Window System
yum groupinstall "X Window system"
  1. Install the MATE packages. This will take a few minutes.
yum groupinstall "MATE Desktop"
  1. Tell your system to start the Graphical Interface
systemctl isolate
  1. To have MATE boot up as the default desktop environment, enter the following command
systemctl set-default

NOTE: You will most likely want the Gnome Disk Utility as it the easiest way to interface with your disks. Once installed it can be found in: Applications -> Accessories -> Disks

Do this by running:

yum install gnome-disk-utility


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