Re: PC Updated itself last night
Why IS it that "Mint" has become another word for Linux. It isn't, its a distribution based on Ubunto which is itself crap.
There are literally hundreds of distributions out there which do not have the bugs reported here. Just as a suggestion you could always try OpenSuse, an independent RPM based distribution one of the Mandriva based distriibutions like PcLinuxOs, (Which BTW is a rolling release which makes use of Synaptic as its installer) or Mageia.
If you are drawn to Debian based packages, which I can well understand, try a package a wee bit closer to the baseline.
Either way the niggles you report will be behind you.