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I manually update using the pkgtool or just by updating tgz precompiled packages with the updatepkg command. It seems more reliable than using swaret and other easy-to-use utilities to tell you the truth.
Very good choice making the switch. You will be impressed at the stability and speed and ease of use compared to Mandrake!
I used swaret for the first time last weekend. Just downloaded the lastest tar.gz, installed, and ran "swaret -upgrade -a" and "swaret -update -a". Everything was automatic. All updates downloaded and installed. A breeze!