The ultimate goal is to allow automatic updates without any problem. Its a hard to reach one. We think that 7.1 will be better than any other Vector version in that matter once it is released. I think you should be safe if sticking with the stable repositories. The Vector team is always thinking about how to solve this problem. A combination of community effort (testing new packages) and automatic testing software is probably the optimal solution. For someone that follows the forum posts, shouldnt be hard to identify must-have updates. For those who do not have the time or the will for that, the team will do the best for making the updates to work with minimal intervention. The vectorites have been working a lot for improving the situation, we will have to wait for 7.1 and see how effective this work will be.
About the Argentina performance in the World Cup, I think we cant ask for more. Asking for a win is absurd, what I and some others expect from our players is to leave everything in the field, and to play for winning. IMHO our fellows did it great. Congratulations to the German team for a well deserved championship