Getting started with your CentOS KDE Plasma Desktop

Getting started with your CentOS KDE Plasma Desktop

Our new desktop image for KVM vps servers is KDE Plasma, this joins Fedora and Debian mate as available images for users to use for a desktop solution. This guide assumes you already have a core Linux version running on a KVM server.

Add a security exception

You must use Internet Explorer to complete this guide and you must add a security exception exactly as described in the following guide

https://www.first2host.co.uk/adding-a-security-exception-to-java-for-vnc-access/

Mount your iso

Next you need to mount the required .iso. You can do this in two ways from your control panel at https://www.first2host.co.uk/vpscontrol or from the client area. For ease we’re going to be using the node control panel. Click the above link and login

HINT:- You can find your username for the control panel by clicking “Services” > “My Services” then the vps server in question in the client area. In the username field, you will see your username for the control panel. You can use this and your email address to reset your password and to gain access to the control panel.

Once logged in using Internet Explorer select the vps in question and at the bottom click the CDRom Tab

Select “Linux Centos 7 KDE Desktop x64” and click mount

Next Click the “Settings” Tab and under boot order change to “(1)CDRom (2) Hard Drive”

 

 

Click “reboot” to boot into the iso mounted

Next click “VNC” then “Java VNC”

You will now see the Centos 7 screen. Select “Start CentOS 7 KDE Live”

Your server will now boot using our live image, once loaded you are greeted with the KDE desktop, all that is left to do is to write your desktop to your hard drive. Click the Centos icon in the bottom left

On the menu click “Install”

Finally, click “System” select your hard drive then click “Create Partitions”

You can automatically create portions but it’s best practice to create your own. We’re using a simple 2 partition setup with / and /swap

Click “Done”

 

Now you will notice the “begin Installation” button is available to select. Click it

Whilst the install is in progress select a root password and if you want create a user account, we created the user First2Host.

Wait for the install to complete. Click the reboot button. Your server will then reboot and you will notice the Centos 7 KDE desktop is now ready for use. You should swap the boot order back to Hard Drive – CDRom and unmount the Centos KDE desktop iso.

 

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