Debian 9 as VM, running npm start makes it all "freeze" but...
I’m not sure this is exact solution. However,
Some system (like ATB) has an issue to execute Electron of MM (after 2.x - new GPU acceleration).
You can run MM as serveronly mode to use your existing Chrome Browser instead Electron.
You can make a script to execute MM serveronly mode and Chrome to display it.
Or you can try this to disable GPU.
npm start -- --disable-gpu