Re: latest sata_nv for older kernel?
openSuse is persnickity when it comes to kernel modules, and there are a few special ones it needs, therefore going with their own kernel is best, so you're on the right track.
As far as the glibc and other libraries, you would do yourself a disservice to attempt to avoid updating them....there's often very critical fixes.
Knowing that, you now have to ask yourself whether you've compiled any apps or libraries by hand, and do you then need to recompile them.
Generally if you stick to yast and don't (or rarely do) hand compile from source, you can't go wrong.
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