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Old 18th February 2012, 11:05 AM
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Installation without GUI

Hey everybody,

I'm trying to use Fedora16 as a server at home.

Is there a way to install fedora16 without GUI, or a way to remove the GUI after the installation?

Or even further is there a server setup for fedora?

Thanx for your help.

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Old 18th February 2012, 12:04 PM
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Re: Installation without GUI

The best way, IMHO is to, during installation, choose minimal. (This is at the point where you see a list of possible default installations, the default being some sort of desktop)

I'm not sure if any of the other default installations leave out X.

As long as you're using it as a home server, that is, for your internal network, it should be fine--keep in mind, however, that it has a relatively short support life, and is really more of a testbed for RH, and also far more of a desktop oriented distribution than RH (RedHat).

This doesn't preclude it being used as a server, especially for a small home network, but it's somewhat less suited for the job than some others. On the other hand, many people do, quite successfully, use it as a server.
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Old 18th February 2012, 12:12 PM
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Re: Installation without GUI

Thanks for the fast reply.

I never get the chance to choose a default installation (such as minimal or desktop).

Is there a anaconda option I'm missing or did I get the wrong installation DVD?
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Old 18th February 2012, 12:24 PM
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Re: Installation without GUI

Aha--sounds as if you might have gotten the live CD. (See earlier comments about desktop oriented---the default download is for the live, Gnome, CD)

You probably want the installation DVD.
http://mirrors.kernel.org/fedora/rel...x86_64-DVD.iso

is one place to get it. During installation, after you've partitioned the disks, and do a few other things, you should see a screen something like the figure 9.49 that they show here

http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/...ction-x86.html
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Old 18th February 2012, 12:44 PM
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Re: Installation without GUI

Yes. You can do a minimal installation from the DVD. I don't think this eliminated Gnome, but you can then customize the installation and remove all the desktops.

If' you've already installed you can
yum groupremove 'GNOME Desktop Environment'

To disable the gui starup ...
ln -s /lib/systemd/system/multi-user.target /etc/systemd/system/default.tar

---------- Post added at 08:44 AM ---------- Previous post was at 08:28 AM ----------

Personally I wouldn't worry about the CD vs DVD installation. Nor would I worry about removing all the GI packages unless yo are disk-space constrained. Instead just leave the packages intact and disable the gui startup.

That way you can start a remote gui session with something like ....
Xephyr -screen "1024x768" :2 2>/dev/null & \
DISPLAY=:2 ssh -Y user@server.com -f /usr/bin/gnome-session 2>/dev/null

That let's you use gui tools like yumex and other gui niceties on a headless server.
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Old 18th February 2012, 01:42 PM
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Re: Installation without GUI

Thank you both for your response.

I'll try the installation DVD and if this doesn't work I'll use Stevea's solution.

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Old 18th February 2012, 01:57 PM
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Re: Installation without GUI

Using the installation DVD I recently did a minimal install of Fedora 16. This installed only 205 packages and completed in something on the order of 5 minutes. This was quite successful and that box is now my home server.
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Old 18th February 2012, 02:46 PM
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Re: Installation without GUI

Weird the netinstall minimal option used to be 196, but recently it was increased to 200.
Would not have expected to see a diffrent in minimal packages.
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Old 18th February 2012, 08:04 PM
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Re: Installation without GUI

I just tried the installation DVD and it was successful.

Thanks for your advice.

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