Installing MATE on CentOS 7

Note: This guide assumes you have a CentOS 7 minimal installation (NO GUI) with the development tools installed. If the Development Tools are not installed they can be by simply running yum groupinstall “Development Tools” in a terminal as root user.

Installing the Development Tools

yum groupinstall "Development Tools" -y

Now we need to install the EPEL repositories

yum install epel-release -y

Now we need to install the X Window system

yum groupinstall "X Window system" -y

Now we need to install the the MATE Desktop packages group

yum groupinstall "MATE Desktop"

Now we can start the graphical interface to test

systemctl isolate graphical.target

Now we need to put the MATE on the boot time

systemctl set-default graphical.target

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