Hi, I hadn't updated in some time and so wanted to check whether there were any recent issues related to that, luckily i came upon this topic; viewtopic.php?f=141&t=67502&hilit=LMDE+update
and would like to thank zerozero for starting it (In fact i suggest that a link to it be included in LMDE manuals). After going through the pages, and from what i have experienced, i concluded that upgrading from synaptic was the best way for me, i mean what could be more convenient for somebody as bash challenged as me..your system telling you, as you plod along marking the packages for upgrade one by one, exactly what you need to install/remove, even if you didn't have a clue as to what most of those libraries did or meant..Sorry for rambling, my point is, i was particularly concerned about the vlc and libva1 conflict, but from synaptic i see now that it has been fixed, and i can have both after upgrading vlc packages.
My only remaining doubt is regarding this office suite issue, i don't care how lightweight, how amazing, LibreOffice is, i want to keep OpenOffice without being stuck with two office suites at the same time as is indicated by Synaptic when marking OpenOffice packages for upgrade. Can this be done? If not i would rather not upgrade the Office packages and libraries.