So. I was advised to go ahead and grab RC1 of vector 7. Trouble is my notebook doesn't have a cd drive and I'll have to go elsewhere to get a reasonable connection (long story, not important.) So I plan on installing iso to thumbdrive, install while i'm out, and grab relavent updates then.
Trouble is unebootin keeps complaining about p7zip and none of the repositories I have on hand have it, and the files I've grabbed from these forums spit out errors or simply fail without real reason.