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How to install an entire desktop?

asked 2012-01-06 08:10:30 -0500

viajeramental gravatar image

updated 2014-05-12 15:04:29 -0500

mether gravatar image


I've recently installed Fedora 16 on my netbook. I installed the KDE version but I would like Gnome 3 too, to switch between them. How can I install a whole desktop? Not only libraries or applications. I have no fear to command line.

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answered 2012-01-06 08:34:03 -0500

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updated 2013-01-17 08:42:02 -0500

as simple as :


sudo yum groupinstall "GNOME Desktop Environment"


sudo yum groupinstall "KDE Software Compilation"


sudo yum groupinstall "Xfce"


sudo yum groupinstall "LXDE"

Seeing all group availables :

sudo yum group list

if you are not willing to use the old desktop use:

yum groupremove [group]

NEW in Fedora 18


Fedora users now have the option of using Cinnamon, an advanced desktop environment based on GNOME3. Cinnamon takes advantage of advanced features provided by the GNOME backend while providing users with a more traditional, accessible desktop experience. Install Cinnamon with the command:

sudo yum groupinstall "Cinnamon Desktop"


This is the initial release of MATE Desktop for Fedora 18. It brings back a classic, intuitive, and easy to use desktop that users have been long requesting. Install MATE by issuing the command:

sudo yum groupinstall "MATE Desktop"

source here

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if the user is the administrator yes, if you create a new account using "adduser" or GUI interface you do not get the sudoers group by default so you have to add in /etc/sudoers -> user ALL = (ALL) ALL

hhlp gravatar imagehhlp ( 2012-01-06 13:30:47 -0500 )edit

yep that is partially true, because when you execute visudo command this open the default command line editor for example vim or nano....

hhlp gravatar imagehhlp ( 2012-01-08 10:32:12 -0500 )edit

You can also use @ - yum install @xfce . The main advantage of visudo is that it checks for syntax errors and is thus helpful if the root account is locked. You can set an alternate editro (gedit) if you wish.

bodhi.zazen gravatar imagebodhi.zazen ( 2012-01-08 11:02:54 -0500 )edit

Great! It took some time to find that "X Window System" and "GNOME Desktop Enviroment" don't work for Fedora >= 18.

gilbertoalbino gravatar imagegilbertoalbino ( 2014-05-12 09:01:18 -0500 )edit

only GNOME Desktop

Kepro gravatar imageKepro ( 2014-09-29 07:20:51 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-03-24 11:57:42 -0500

Steve HHH gravatar image

In Fedora 21, to install Gnome 3 desktop environment, I found this answer worked, unlike many of these older answers:

$ sudo yum groupinstall gnome
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answered 2015-03-24 14:01:29 -0500

updated 2015-03-24 14:02:02 -0500

Just remember, before groupinstall you may need: sudo yum groups mark install 'graphical_environment'

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answered 2018-01-09 14:22:13 -0500

florian gravatar image

Above answer is a bit outdated (usage of yum instead of dnf).

Please refer to Fedora's wiki for instructions.

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