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One year and half ago, I tried to install my new Debian 9 computer with Cinnamon : it failed and froze at installation. Because I had no Linux knowledge I installed Gnome instead.

Today, I am on Debian 10 and I did a try on an Debian 10 VM to be safe... With Cinnamon again, and I installed it that way :

sudo apt-get install cinnamon-desktop-environment cinnamon-l10n -y
  1. The VM started,
  2. after login a Debian wallpaper screen appeared. But it was empty : no icons, no menus, nothing.
  3. Then 30 seconds after a crash message came.

Is Cinnamon definitely not compatible with Debian ?

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I've just installed Debian 10 in VirtualBox using default settings and everything works as expected.

Cinnamon is fully supported by Debian since it's included. You could try installing Cinnamon using tasksel: https://linuxhint.com/install_cinnamon_debian_10/

Cinnamon in Debian 10 in VirtualBox 6.1.12

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