Kicking The Tires of CentOS 8.1

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desertcat
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Kicking The Tires of CentOS 8.1

Post by desertcat » 2020/02/04 22:16:13

Well I finally got around to pulling the 225 GB SSD that held CentOS 7.4 on it, erased and installed CentOS 8.1.1911. I downloaded the DVD1.iso and discovered that at 7 GB it had to go on a thumb drive and then tried to install it on Jaguar -- aka the "Trashcan Monster" -- but discovered that jaguar is just a wee bit grey around the muzzle and I was unable to boot from the USB drive.

With that out I turned to downloading the CentOS 8.1.1911 boot.iso. I was unsure what to expect from something that says "boot.iso", but it installed pretty much with ease. Once I had loaded CentOS 8.1.1911.iso I logged in as root and then used the yum grouplist and the yum groupinstall commands to download everything that I was unsure was or was NOT installed. And YES yum still works but dns did not. Remarkably I actually have a desktop now... well sort of... When I start up the machine it does it magic thing, and then I get a prompt that says jaguar login. Here I can either enter root or dcat. Regardless of whichever I enter it comes back and asks for a Password . If I enter dcat and my super-secret password all I have is a terminal. I get to the desktop I have to enter startx, and then and only then will the desktop come up.

I installed gdm but I am still left at a terminal where I still have to type "startx" I tried to install lightdm but it is MIA.

Have any of you installed CentOS 8.0/1 from either burning the DVD or burning it to a thumb drive and did you have the sane limitations I have run into?!? Is there any way for me to go directly to the Desktop without first pausing to enter "startx" ? For those of you who installed CentOS 8.0 did the machine simply "Rollover" to 8.1 when you ran yum / dns update?

Let the tire kicking begin!!

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Re: Kicking The Tires of CentOS 8.1

Post by nouvo09 » 2020/02/04 22:46:56

just run (under root): systemctl enable gdm

and then

systemctl start gdm

You're done.
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desertcat
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Re: Kicking The Tires of CentOS 8.1

Post by desertcat » 2020/02/05 04:29:42

nouvo09 wrote:
2020/02/04 22:46:56
just run (under root): systemctl enable gdm

and then

systemctl start gdm

You're done.
Thanks!! Worked like a charm!!

Not a big fan of gdm, but good enough for kicking tires. Has anyone gotten lightdm?!?

BTW did you do the install from the DVD1 or via thumb drive??

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Re: Kicking The Tires of CentOS 8.1

Post by nouvo09 » 2020/02/15 08:32:40

Tried to install lightdm that I prefer, but couldn't because a lack of a "lightdm-greeter" package about which nobody knows neither the packager of lightdm himself.

Strange
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