I've been using Daryna for about six months, and I figure it's about time for an upgrade. Daryna works fine for me (except for a couple issues with my ATI graphics driver), but I do a lot of compiling from source, and I'm noticing, more and more frequently, that the libraries in the repositories are becoming outdated.
Which leads to a couple questions. I hear that installing from the CD is better than upgrading online, so that's what I intend to do. But I'd kind of like to leave as much of my system the same, as possible. Not the artwork and things like that, but, well . . . I've got a lot of software installed, much of it built from source. And being faced with having to recompile/reinstall all of it is rather daunting.
Luckily, I've got /home and /usr/local in separate partitions, so everything in them ought to be safe, as long as I don't format them, right? But what about all my libraries and packages and things? Is there some way to automatically reinstall everything I've got installed, now? Or will all the dependencies of the programs I've built be a different version from what I've got now, and require recompilation, anyway?
And is there anything else I ought to know before I begin? And, on a side note, the updated repositories have KDE4 in them, right?
Thanks for any and all help!