Optional: Remove GNOME
Note: It’s probably better to run Minimal installation and then install MATE, but if you already installed GNOME, this is the way to get rid of it.

Following command will remove all gnome packages excluding MATE dependencies.
WARNING: Your X session will be terminated during the removal of some GNOME packages, so it’s better to run the following command from another terminal (e.g. Ctrl+Alt+F2).

If you want to confirm removal of each package, exclude the ‘-y’ in the yum command below.

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for i in `yum list installed|grep gnome|grep -v -E 'libgnome|gnome-icon-theme|gnome-keyring|gnome-themes-standard'|awk '{print $1}'`; do yum -y remove $i; done

Install EPEL

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rpm -Uvh http://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/7/x86_64/e/epel-release-7-5.noarch.rpm

Install MATE

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yum groups install "MATE Desktop"

Replace GDM with LightDM

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systemctl disable gdm.service
systemctl enable lightdm.service

Reboot and select MATE in the LightDM settings (icon is in the upper right corner of login screen).

Enjoy!

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  1. This completely jacked up my system. Now I cannot get to any GUI at all.

  2. @walter
    Did you do the last step? Replace GDM with LightDM?

  3. Thanks for this blog, I installed it in VirtualBox for testing and so far everything works.
    I tested it on my employer’s issued RHEL7.2 image and I have to say that some packages were removed as dependencies with gnome removal – for example Lotus Notes. It’s not a problem for me, I just think it’s important to mention.

  4. Sorry, forgot to add:

    Do you have updated instructions / links?

    /tg

  5. @Tim
    I’ve updated link to EPEL, thanks.

    Btw, you can find it here on EPEL FAQ: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/EPEL/FAQ

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