Setting up CentOS 7 with minimal desktop

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I have tired to install server with GUI (not GNOME Desktop, there are a lot of package that’s not necessary for me).

This blog, I would like to remind my self for php server and laravel installations on CentOS 7 follow step below.


  1. Centos 7.0 ISO
  2. Reference

Install Centos

  1. If you are installing on a regular PC, you can burn it to an optical disk or create a bootable USB flash drive. Otherwise, just attach the ISO image using the virtual machine software of your choice.
  2. Start machine and select “Install CentOS 7“.
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  3. Configure installation
    *Select “Minimal Install” for “SOFTWARE SELECTION“.
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    Complete setting up. Then click “Begin Installation“.
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  4. Set root password and create user while installing CentOS 7.
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    Set root password
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    create new user, also make this user as administrator.
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  5. Reboot after installation completed.
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  6. Now we have minimal installation.
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  7. Login and install gnome
    $sudo yum groupinstall "X Window System"
    $sudo yum install gnome-classic-session gnome-terminal nautilus-open-terminal control-center liberation-mono-fonts
    $sudo systemctl set-default

    Now we have server with minimal gnome
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