Installing UNIX GUIs

IRHusker used Ask the Experts™

I am very new to UNIX.  I would like to install a GUI like Fedora but want to be able to uninstall it if needed without messing up my current UNIX OS config.  Can you install GUIs like Fedora and uninstall gracefully?

I would also appreciate any suggestions on other GUIs for Solaris UNIX.

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Top Expert 2011

For Gnome GUI, Solaris 10 has it already.
Check this article:
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1. Check if CDE login is running as an SMF service.
svcs cde-login

2. Disable CDE login (based on first command):
svcadm disable cde-login

3. If the svcs command responds that this pattern doesn't match any instances, then run these commands to stop CDE login:
/usr/dt/config/dtconfig -d
Either reboot, or kill any running dtlogin processes.

4. At this point you will be presented with a console login. Login as root, and run the following command.
svcadm enable gdm2-login
(for OpenSolaris)svcadm enable gdm
Please read through the article before you run those command.

Top Expert 2011

By the way, later version of Solaris 9 has Gnome GUI. You can choose Gnome or CDE at login screen
If your Solaris 9 doesn't has this option, then update to latest update version.


Can i run a "GUI like Fedora but want to be able to uninstall it if needed without messing up my current UNIX OS config"?
Top Expert 2011
The Gnome environment is installed on Solaris 10 and later version of Solaris 8 already.
You just need to login by choosing different desktop environment. No installation needed and you can quickly switch back,
So no uninstallation needed when you want to switch back,

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