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my Yum repository doesn't have anything newer than glib-2.0.

But glib is a fairly core animation library, is my understanding. Is there an easy way to upgrade that won't brick my system?

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As far as I am aware, a glib upgrade will require a gcc upgrade. If you can't find an upgrade inside your repository, don't even consider doing this from source; you don't upgrade gcc yourself without risking breaking your system.
If you can find a repository that provides it which is third party, proceed with caution.

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I think you are referring to upgrading glibc but the poster is asking about glib –  Nick Garvey Jul 24 '13 at 15:34
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