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I installed CentOS 7 from the DVD iso file: CentOS-7-x86_64-DVD-1503-01.iso Yum update was used (with no update issues) to install and update many packages. The installer is significantly different from CentOS 6 where one can basicallychoose to “install everything” if one has the patience to check all productsand all software options within those categories.  During the CentOS 7 install,the “Development Workstation” was selected with all options checked.

The new gnome Desktop menu bar still has Applications and Places, but the Systemmenu is gone.  I even tried installing the minimal CentOS 7 system and then addingthe gnome, but that yielded the same result, still no System menu item on the bar.

One interesting fact is that the RH admin guide actually refers to the System menu and other items on the menu bar but some of them are actually absent. Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux-7-Desktop_Migration_and_Administration_Guide-en-US.pdf

Can anyone provide assistance in getting the system menu back in gnome. Thanks

4 thoughts on - CentOS 7 Gnome

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    Personally, I found that installing/switching to MATE (available from the EPEL repository) was the easiest solution for my many Gnome-3 annoyances. You’ll get the system menu pulldown, and many other things you are used to from Gnome-2, back.

    – Richard

  • I agree with this, I use the MATE desktop and like it just fine. HOWEVER, please make sure you install the epel repo first, since MATE is not part of CentOS.

  • I downloaded the DVD iso of CentOS 7. When I rebooted all I get is a command line. How can I install Mate on my CentOS install? This one is not going to be a server so a GUI would be a big help.

    Mikeal Hughes, N9GI
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  • It’s possible that you are simply defaulting to non-graphical mode
    (multi- or single-user) for some reason, or it may be that you didn’t install a graphical environment.

    First, check your “target” level (previously called runlevel), with the command:

    systemctl get-default

    As the notes in the /etc/inittab file (which isn’t used any longer)
    indicate, you can use the “systemctl set-default …” command to change your target/runlevel to graphical. If you have a graphical interface installed that should get you to it when you reboot after changing your target level.

    MATE is in the EPEL repository. You should look at:

    < http://wiki.CentOS.org/AdditionalResources/Repositories>

    for details on it, and other 3rd party repositories, and how to set it up.

    [please don’t top post — or at least keep the posting order consistent.]