How To Install Gnome GUI on AlmaLinux 8

This guide intends to teach you How To Install Gnome GUI on AlmaLinux 8.

GNOME stands for GNU Object Model Environment. Properly pronounced “guh-nome,” it is one of the most popular free and open-source desktop environments used in some of the major Linux operating systems like Ubuntu, Pop!_OS, Fedora, etc.

In simple terms, a Linux desktop environment is everything you see on your screen. From the lock screen to the home screen, as well as individual elements like app launchers and app icons, when tied together, form a desktop environment.

For example, the standard desktop edition of the popular Linux distribution Ubuntu uses GNOME. However, the Ubuntu developers have customized GNOME’s user interface to fit their purposes, so it doesn’t look exactly like you see on the GNOME website and in other Linux distributions. They’re able to do this because GNOME is open-source software.

Steps To Install Gnome GUI on AlmaLinux 8

To complete this guide, you must log in to your server as a non-root user with sudo privileges. To do this, you can follow our guide the Initial Server Setup with AlmaLinux 8.

Installing GNOME GUI Desktop Environment on AlmaLinux

First, you need to run the system update to make sure all the installed packages on your system are up to date. This will also refresh the repo cache. To do this, run the following command:

sudo dnf update

By default, the packages you need to install the Gnome Desktop environment are available in the default AlmaLinux repository.

You can search what are the available groups with the following command:

sudo dnf group list
Output
Available Environment Groups:
   Server with GUI
   Server
   Workstation
   Virtualization Host
   Custom Operating System
...

Now, you will see a list of a couple of groups to install on your Linux system, and one of them will be “Server with GUI“. This group will install the stable version of Gnome on your CLI server. 

Install Server With GUI Package

At this point, you can simply run the command below to install Gnome- Server GUI package:

sudo dnf groupinstall "Server with GUI"

This will take some time to complete.

Set Graphical interface

By default, the AlmaLinux system will boot into the command-line interface to switch to graphical you have to change the run level to graphical. To do this, run the command below:

sudo systemctl set-default graphical.target
Output
Removed /etc/systemd/system/default.target.
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/default.target → /usr/lib/systemd/system/graphical.target.

Finally, reboot your server and you will see the Gnome Graphical login instead of the command line.

reboot

That’s it, you are done.

Conclusion

At this point, you have learned to Install Gnome GUI on AlmaLinux 8.

Hope you enjoy it.

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