In regards to mintUpdate in LMDE, I believe this information still up-to-date -> viewtopic.php?f=141&t=58089&hilit=mintupdate&start=20
ikey wrote:Probably time I set the record straight here.
As previously told in blog posts, release announcements, FAQ's, etc. mintUpdate
is identical to that provided on the existing Mint editions. We did not manage
to port it specifically to LMDE yet. This is why the warning levels are invariably always the
same, and if you look in the preferences you'll even see the word Ubuntu mentioned.
mintUpdate is little more than a GUI to the apt cache, listing available updates, and using
Synaptic as its backend for installing those updates.
When I read that, I get the impression that mintUpdate does not selectively choose upgrades, as the functionality has not been built in, or modified yet to work with the Debian base.