yum install epel-release

yum groupinstall "X Window system"

yum groupinstall "MATE Desktop"

# immediately switch over to grafical gui (if possible)
systemctl isolate graphical.target;
# Tell your systemd to start the graphical.target per default after boot
unlink /etc/systemd/system/default.target;
ln -s /usr/lib/systemd/system/graphical.target /etc/systemd/system/default.target;


you should get a grafical login prompt now


unfortunately there is no “minimal” or “core” version of Gnome2 MATE on CentOS (on Debian there is “mate-core”)

It per default comes with LibreOffice, Firefox and co.

if one wants to uninstall all not-absolutely needed software try:

yum remove gnome-{clocks,weather,screenshot,video-effects,contacts,dictionary,documents,font-viewer} \
  cheese eog empathy evince{,-nautilus} totem{,-mozplugin,-nautilus} \
  `rpm -qa|grep -i libreoffice`
yum autoremove

creditz: http://www.45drives.com/wiki/index.php?title=Installing_MATE_on_CentOS_7

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