It looks like things aren't too simple if you're behind a proxy, as my laptop is. None of the update apps in the Mint menus has proxy access, so I've been a bit stumped this afternoon, trying to figure out how to get them working. The best I've come up with is to run synaptic from the shell (as it's not in any menu) and to install Dante client. This seems
to be working, I think! I realise this is dangerous as I can probably hose the system by installing without due care, but at least I can do something now.
If anyone else has any pointers as to what I'm doing wrong or if I've missed the obvious, I'd love to know. I'm still not clear on which repos I'm supposed to use with Mint. Is it safe to use Ubuntu? Have I done this the only way possible or is there proxy support out of the tin?