In the LinuxMint Update Manager, the dev team has taken the time, to rate the updates for safety of install and dependancies. Safety ratings from 1 to 5
It is recommended that you update the first 3 ratings only, as they have been tested and proven safe for which-ever version of LinuxMint you are using. Of course, you may, google and or read about the updates and what each does before you update. You can usually go to Synaptic Package Manager and read the synopsis about each and every update.
Those updates with ratings of 4 and 5 ... have been included for updates but have not been tried and tested. So, those you may update, 'at your own risk'. Again, read the synopsis in Synaptic (or MintInstall) before making a choice. Of course, you don't "have to" update at all. The choice is yours. "If it ain't broken don't fix it"
Those Linux users that came over from Windows ... have to learn, that Linux OS is about 'choice.' You have the freedom to choose.
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