A while ago, I added the Liquorix repository because of this
Interesting and thanks.
At the moment I have received a reprieve of sorts. The single app I needed to test for a customer works fine with the LMDE version of WINE (1.4.1). Actually, I installed PlayOnLinux, which helped automate the entire process down to a single desktop icon. Very nice.
Yet as I mentioned, WINE is one of the few apps where the latest almost always is also the greatest. I would like to see WINE included with security updates --- as a package that is updated often outside the domain of Update Packs. While LMDE depends upon Debian Testing, Tesing does include the latest WINE stable. The folks who use WINE already understand the nature of the WINE project and thus, WINE could forego the normal LMDE testing period.
Although I run the risk of hijacking my own thread, in that light I would ask to include LibreOffice too. Many users migrating from Windows to Mint need the best transition support possible to move away from MS Office. LO continues to improve in that area with each release. As LO already comes in a Debian package, seems a script could repackage that into an LMDE version and each month LO would be available for updating.
Perhaps an easier solution is to consider monthly Update Packs for LMDE. I realize that is somewhat a controversial topic. Security updates are pushed now without regard to the Update Pack schedule. That includes Firefox and Thunderbird. Some folks might consider FF and TB as security updates and some might not. So adding WINE and LO to that list is not a huge expansion.
That said, I think monthly Update Packs would much reduce the common complaint found in these forums that UPs cause breakage. Monthly updates would mean less happens in one big punch. The UPs become more "bite size" rather than trying to swallow the entire animal all at once.
I am new to Mint and respect my limited standing to push for such changes.