virtualu2 wrote:I have read a bunch of posts on here about using apt-get, aptitude, mintinstall, and synaptic, but I am still confused as to what the differences are and which does the best job? I don't think there will be a best, but what is the most preferred method in terms of ensuring my system stays stable & up to date?
The preferred method from Mint, obviously will be mintupdate
--using only the updates suggested by the distribution you have installed..
How do I get the latest updates..
virtualu2 wrote:How do I get the latest updates without compromising the stability of my system?
Applications or system files
--not that it matters in the end, since either selection, that is getting the latest release of a system component or an application could cause some issues/problems; the only difference might be that an application may only affect itself (or it may not, if it also updates some system files or replaces them)
If it is stability you are looking for and with the least possibility of damaging your system, then the only choice is the tools supplied by the distribution, that are used for updates (based on the repositories they have enabled by default)
So, this means you could also use synaptic mint menu>Package manager
--to install applications, without any particular concern about stability or problems..