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Learn How to Install GUI in Red Hat Linux Administration


The Red Hat Installation process discussed in article number 2 (Installing Red Hat 6) was a minimal installation (without GUI or any additional features and services). That was a result of attempting the installation on hardware with memory that is slightly larger than the minimum required (512MB RAM). In such case, the installation starts with TUI interface, and chooses the minimal installation option (and doesn’t allow you to choose something else).

In this article, we will install Red Hat 6.7 on a server having 1.5 GBytes of RAM, which allows starting the GUI installation wizard, and customizing the installation packages as well. So, let’s start and don’t waste a minute.

Starting Installation Wizard

Here is the installation procedure:

  1. Power on your machine, and insert the installation DVD.
  1. Choose “Install or upgrade an existing system” and press Enter.
  1. When asked whether to test the media or not, choose Skip and press Enter.
  1. The GUI installation wizard starts, Click Next.
  1. Choose the language to use during the installation process and click Next.
  1. Select the keyboard to use in your system and click Next.
  1. Select “Basic Storage Devices” and click Next.
  1. In this step, you can configure the hostname and the network settings for your Linux box.

In the textbox, type the hostname you want for your new Red Hat machine.

In the Text

Click Next.

  1. On the displayed map, locate your home town to select the time zone.
  1. Uncheck the “System clock uses UTC” check box, and click Next.
  1. Type redhat as the password for the root account, and confirm it.

Click Next.

  1. Click Use Anyway.
  1. Select “Use All Space”, check “Review and modify partitioning layout”, and click Next.
  1. In the Partitioning layout screen, select the line for the lv_root logical volume, and click Edit.
  1. Reduce the size to be 6.7 GBytes, and click OK.
  1. Now, a line appears displaying the available free space.

Select that line and click Create.

  1. In the Create Storage dialog, select LVM Logical Volume, and click Create.
  1. In the Make Logical Volume dialog, fill in the fields as appears in the figure.

When finished, click OK twice.

  1. Repeat the same procedure to create a filesystem for /tmp.
  1. The partitioning layout should now appear like the following:

Click Next.

  1. When asked, click “Write changes to disk” to apply the customized partitioning.
  1. Click Next.
  1. Select Desktop to install the basic GUI installation.

Click Next.

  1. The installation wizard starts copying packages to your system.
  1. When finished, click Reboot to reboot your Linux box.
  1. Click Forward to complete the installation.
  1. Accept the license agreement.

Click Forward.

  1. Select No, and click Forward.
  1. Click Forward.
  1. In the Create User screen, fill in the fields as follows to create a non-admin user:
  • In the Username field, type eduonix.
  • Type eduonix as a password for this user, and confirm it.

When finished, Click Forward.

  1. Adjust the date and time and click Forward.
  1. Click Finish to complete the installation.
  1. The system reboots, and you get the following login screen:

Logging In to the System

In the login screen, click the eduonix user. A field for the password appears. In the Password field, type eduonix and press Enter. After one or two minutes, you should get the following desktop:

Logging In to the System


In this article, we have illustrated the procedure of installing Red Hat 6.7 Gnome desktop using the GUI installation wizard. After completing the installation, we have logged in to the Linux box using a previously created non-admin username and password.

In the next article, we will start investigating the Gnome desktop. An interesting topic to wait for; so, see you there.

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