Need to install GUI onto Fedora 4

Posted on 2009-04-24
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
This install never had a GUI... i have direct access to the system... I also have the 5 CD install set.
The install only reads whats on the system and reinstalls it... was hoping it would have a to install KDE or genome?
and update the loader to reflect GUI for "alt-5' ?

My knowlage of CLI is that of a NAT.....


Question by:5thcav
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    login to the console with you user account and type "sudo apt-get install gnome".  This should list stacks of dependencies.  This should install the required packages from CD1.
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    Fedora 4 is an old system, but I'm pretty sure you will need to use the "yum" command instead of apt-get. And I believe the package name is gnome-desktop. The command would be:

    yum install gnome-desktop

    This might work, but I recall from past experience that the package dependencies won't get everything you need installed.

    You should instead install entire groups.

    yum groupinstall "X Window System"
    yum groupinstall "GNOME Desktop Environment"

    I believe these will do it. If you find other missing components, you can see the list of available groups using:

    yum grouplist
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    Hello.. Thanks for responding...
    sudo apt-get install gnome -  returns apt-get command not found
    yum groupinstall "X Window System" - Returns cannot find baseurl for repo: extras
     I tried to point to the Cd my best try was below but I cant figure out how to complete the baseurl and gpgkey the path on the cd is D:\Fedora\RPMS keep in mind the only way I knew this is because my windows system read the cd.. Did I say my knowledge if Linux is that of a BUG? Im DOS from 8088s and I think DOS .... :(

    Ls l  /dev/cdrom &.. Returns hdc
    If I could scream I would but I wont&..

    I have created the file below using MC&  /etc/yum.repos.d/installcd.repo

    name=Fedora Core 4 Install


    # baseurl : give the path where the repodata folder exists on CD
    # gpgkey : give path of folder on CD where RPM-GPG-KEY exists


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    for gnome GUI interface use the following command:
    yum install xorg gnome
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    Checking the links for Fedora and YUM, it appears that support for Core 4 from the legacy project has been discontinued. There are several issues with this, not the least of which is that you there are no security updates. There are still some repository mirrors available, but most of them appear to be discontinued as well.

    This means that even if you can navigate through the CD rpms, you will be left with a system that is substantially behind in security updates, both for the OS and for layered products. If possible, you should upgrade to a current release of Linux.

    If not, you're on the right track with your repos file. However, you need to have the entire available for yum to work. If you have the distribution on DVD, it's not a problem. If it's on CDs, you'll probably need to copy them to a disk somewhere for the duration of the install.
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    I'm not sure if this will work, but try getting the latest yum package and installing it, from  The last I looked, packages for Fedora were still available there, so I would assume that if yum looks there it should find what it needs.



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