Oracle has it reasons to NOT ship Oracle VM with all the bells and whistles of a fancy Gnome X-Window environment. This has to do with vulnerabilities, not tested situations of software combination's and whatever reason that makes Oracle VM not to behave as tested and intended.
So I would never recommend to install X Window on any serious Oracle VM system, but still, for 'home' installations where you may also want to use this great product you may decide to use a graphical console.
So, in order to set this up, I did the following:
- cd /etc/yum.repos.d
- wget http://public-yum.oracle.com/public-yum-el5.repo
(edit the repo file and enable 5u3 for Oracle VM 2.1.2)
- yum groupinstall "X Window System"
- yum groupinstall "GNOME Desktop Environment" --skip-broken
And... then.. startx..
The VM templates are my primary reason for using Oracle VM.
They allow me to save lots of valuable time.
p.s: change SELINUX=enforcing to SELINUX=permissive in /etc/selinux/config or your machine will be rebooting forever.
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