How to Install Mate Desktop Environment on CentOS 7

r00t February 23, 2018

Install Mate Desktop Environment on CentOS 7

In this tutorial we’ll learn how to install Mate Desktop Environment on CentOS 7. We will also install and configure its prerequisites. The MATE Desktop Environment is the continuation of GNOME 2. It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop environment using traditional metaphors for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems.

I recommend to use a minimal CentOS server setup as a basis for the tutorial, that can be a virtual or a root server image with an CentOS 7 minimal install from a web hosting company or you use our minimal server tutorial to install a server from scratch.

Install Mate Desktop Environment on CentOS 7

Step 1. First, ensure your system and apt package lists are fully up-to-date by running the following:

yum clean all
yum install epel-release -y
yum update -y

Step 2. Installing Mate dekstop on CentOS.

Install all dependency for Mate desktop:

sudo yum groupinstall "Development Tools" -y
sudo yum groupinstall "X Window system" -y

Then, install Mate using following command:

sudo yum groups install "MATE Desktop" -y

By default after installing these packages, the default target should have automatically updated, meaning that after a reboot the GUI will automatically be loaded:

systemctl set-default graphical.target
systemctl isolate graphical.target
reboot

When you’re at the login screen, simply select the cog icon and pick MATE, as shown below:

Install Mate Desktop Environment on CentOS 7

Congratulation’s! You have successfully install and configured Mate Desktop on your CentOS 7 server. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Mate Desktop Environment on CentOS 7 system.

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