Install K Desktop Environment on CentOS 6.5

The K Desktop Environment (KDE) is a graphical desktop, similar in function to the GNOME desktop which I had earlier posted (Installing GNOME on CentOs 6.5). It uses many of the same freatures as GNOME, including icons, windows, menus, and a panel. Some people prefer KDE over Gnome but for me they both look similar

Step 1: Install desktop packages

– Log into CentOS with root account. Run the following command to install the latest desktop packages:

[code language=”js”]# yum -y groupinstall “KDE desktop” “X Window System” “Fonts”[/code]


– Wait until install is over


Step 2: Enable boot up to GUI mode

– Open the file “[highlight]inittab[/highlight]” with following command:

[code language=”js”]# vi /etc/inittab[/code]

– Locate the following line “[highlight]id:3:initdefault:[/highlight]” and change the number value from 3 (default) to 5


– Save changes and reboot machine with following command

[code language=”js”]# init 6[/code]

– On Welcome screen, click Forward


– Accept License Agreement and click Forward


– Enter username for non-administrative account


– Set current Date and Time and click Finish


– Now login with the newly created account


– You now have the KDE desktop


Any questions, please feel free to ask 🙂

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