i have gimp 2.6.7 don't really think i am going to use gimp 2.8 but it sounds like fun.
I know a way to get Photoshop but that's on a personal scale. Anyone it might but for the best to have vector section in GIMP 2.8
The other misconception about vector graphics is that you are limited to tracing and/or cartoonish graphics. That was definitely the case a few years back, but computing power, Adobe software and a good pen and tablet have allowed people to progress vector art in crazy strides:
The World's Most Photorealistic Vector Art - Basang Panaginip
I'm not a big graphic designer, so I guess I don't even really need to know how to vector. As long as I can get something to look the way I want it to, I'm fine with it. I've done blog layouts and such to my liking, so I guess I don't really need to know how to do anything too in-depth.