I'm a Vector beginner, and I've never used a distro where you had to take control of your updates and patches, so I don't have much experience or knowledge of doing it the manual way. I'm trying to learn what I need to do to keep my Vector 6.0 system patched. I've read this page: http://vectorlinux.osuosl.org/docs/vl60/manuals/vl6_slaptget_en.html
NOTE:VectorLinux 6.0 now includes by default the small daemon "slapt-update-notifier". This utility will check the VectorLinux repository and will pop-up a small notifier in the bottom right applet section of either KDE or xfce to inform the user when updates are available. If clicked gslapt will be launched. Please ensure that you do wish to do this. Although VL packagers are very careful at their job there is no guarantee that software updates will not break your system. You have been warned!
I've read multiple places that suggest danger could ensue upon upgrading something. Its general computer knowledge that an un-patched system is vunerable also. To put it simply- Which is more dangerous: an unpatched Vector 6.0 installation, or blindly and routinely using the auto-updater?