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May 16, 2017

Debian 8.8 Cinnamon Desktop Installation on Oracle VirtualBox

Debian 8.8 Cinnamon Desktop Installation
Debian 8.8 Cinnamon Desktop Installation on Oracle VirtualBox

This video tutorial shows Debian 8.8 Cinnamon Desktop installation on Oracle VirtualBox step by step. This tutorial is also helpful to install Debian 8.8 on physical computer or laptop hardware. We also install Guest Additions on Debian 8.8 Cinnamon for better performance and usability features: Automatic Resizing Guest Display, Shared Folder, Seamless Mode and Shared Clipboard, Improved Performance and Drag and Drop.

Debian GNU/Linux 8.8 Cinnamon Desktop Installation Steps:

  1. Create Virtual Machine on Oracle VirtualBox
  2. Start Debian 8.8 Cinnamon Desktop Installation
  3. Install Guest Additions
  4. Test Guest Additions Features: Automatic Resizing Guest Display and Shared Clipboard

Installing Debian GNU/Linux 8.8 Cinnamon on Oracle VirtualBox



Debian 8.8 New Features and Improvements

Debian 8.8 mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories were already published separately and are referenced where available. Those who frequently install updates from security.debian.org won't have to update many packages and most updates from security.debian.org are included in this update.  Debian 8.8 is not a new version of Debian. It’s just a Debian 8 image with the latest updates of some of the packages. So, if you’re running a Debian 8 installation with all the latest updates installed, you don’t need to do anything.
Debian Website: https://www.debian.org/

What is Cinnamon Desktop Environment?

Cinnamon is a desktop environment that is based on the GTK+ 3 toolkit. It was released in 2011. Cinnamon originally started as a fork of GNOME Shell, thus initially as a mere graphical shell of the GNOME software, but became its own desktop environment in Cinnamon 2.0. Cinnamon was developed by the Linux Mint distribution, with wider adoption spreading to other distributions over time.

VirtualBox Guest Additions Features

The Guest Additions offer the following features below:
  1. Improved Video Support: While the virtual graphics card which VirtualBox emulates for any guest operating system provides all the basic features, the custom video drivers that are installed with the Guest Additions provide you with extra high and non-standard video modes as well as accelerated video performance.
  2. Mouse Pointer Integration: This provides with seamless mouse support. A special mouse driver would have to be installed in the guest OS, which would exchange information with the actual mouse driver on the host. The special mouse driver then allows users to control the guest mouse pointer.
  3. Time Synchronization: With the Guest Additions installed, VirtualBox can ensure that the guest's system time is better synchronized with that of the host.
  4. Shared Folders: These provide an easy way to exchange files between the host and the guest.
  5. Seamless Windows: With this feature, the individual windows that are displayed on the desktop of the virtual machine can be mapped on the host's desktop, as if the underlying application was actually running on the host.
  6. Shared Clipboard: With the Guest Additions installed, the clipboard of the guest operating system can optionally be shared with your host operating system.
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