With the update issues, has this hard fork been postponed until the next version is released?
If you run 0.6.0 or later you are good for now, but it's better to be on 0.6.1.
I'm working on 0.6.2 which will contain the mentioned update mechanism, when enough people have 0.6.2 the next hard fork can be send out quicker.
After that we dont have to announce forks months in advance, you'll have an update window of a few days/weeks (we are still looking into those details ) in which you can run the update program which downloads the new app from github, verifies it's HASH and installs it.
You dont have to update perse, if you wait until your version expires your FIMK server will simply shutdown. Start it again and it will print the update message and shuts down again.
On a relatively fast internet connection the update should take no longer than a minute.
You could always look at https://lompsa.com
to see if you are on a fork we consider that the 'master' node since it normally runs slightly updated software (we compile that one from source). It's FIMK server is also the main peer all new users connect to.