How to know if it's safe to upgrade?

I have a kmod driver that I need for my laptop’s camera to work (see WebCam on Dell XPS 13 Plus (9320): how to get it to work without turning off secure boot? - Fedora Discussion). When I run dnf update I can see it will be removed if I go through the update. From this I assume the kernel is being updated, but the driver (from rpmfusion) for this kernel version is not ready yet, and will thus be removed; is this correct? Should I then not update and wait for it to be ready?

I ask because there’s a tiny chance it has been incorporated into the kernel, and is being removed because it’s been superseded by some other package. I tried to check if that was the case, but I could not find any information on it.

For reference, the relevant packages are:

 Package                         Arch   Version             Repository     Size
 kernel                          x86_64 6.3.11-200.fc38     updates       133 k
 kernel-core                     x86_64 6.3.11-200.fc38     updates        16 M
 kernel-devel                    x86_64 6.3.11-200.fc38     updates        19 M
 kernel-modules                  x86_64 6.3.11-200.fc38     updates        55 M
 kernel-modules-core             x86_64 6.3.11-200.fc38     updates        31 M
 kernel-modules-extra            x86_64 6.3.11-200.fc38     updates       2.6 M
 aardvark-dns                    x86_64 1.7.0-1.fc38        updates       907 k
 amd-gpu-firmware                noarch 20230625-151.fc38   updates        18 M
 atheros-firmware                noarch 20230625-151.fc38   updates        22 M
 brcmfmac-firmware               noarch 20230625-151.fc38   updates       9.6 M
 container-selinux               noarch 2:2.219.0-1.fc38    updates        55 k
 elfutils                        x86_64 0.189-3.fc38        updates       533 k
 elfutils-debuginfod-client      i686   0.189-3.fc38        updates        39 k
 elfutils-debuginfod-client      x86_64 0.189-3.fc38        updates        38 k
 elfutils-default-yama-scope     noarch 0.189-3.fc38        updates        13 k
 elfutils-libelf                 i686   0.189-3.fc38        updates       201 k
 elfutils-libelf                 x86_64 0.189-3.fc38        updates       195 k
 elfutils-libelf-devel           x86_64 0.189-3.fc38        updates        23 k
 elfutils-libs                   i686   0.189-3.fc38        updates       288 k
 elfutils-libs                   x86_64 0.189-3.fc38        updates       258 k
 eog                             x86_64 44.3-1.fc38         updates       1.6 M
 gnome-control-center            x86_64 44.3-1.fc38         updates       6.7 M
 gnome-control-center-filesystem noarch 44.3-1.fc38         updates        11 k
 gnome-software                  x86_64 44.3-1.fc38         updates       1.7 M
 hwdata                          noarch 0.372-1.fc38        updates       1.6 M
 ibus-mozc                       x86_64 2.28.4950.102-6.fc38
                                                            updates       332 k
 ibus-typing-booster             noarch 2.23.1-1.fc38       updates       1.2 M
 intel-gpu-firmware              noarch 20230625-151.fc38   updates       8.0 M
 kernel-devel-matched            x86_64 6.3.11-200.fc38     updates       133 k
 libbytesize                     x86_64 2.9-1.fc38          updates        48 k
 libertas-usb8388-firmware       noarch 2:20230625-151.fc38 updates        95 k
 libfdt                          x86_64 1.7.0-2.fc38        updates        33 k
 libnetfilter_conntrack          x86_64 1.0.9-1.fc38        updates        59 k
 libsmbclient                    x86_64 2:4.18.4-0.fc38     updates        83 k
 libwbclient                     x86_64 2:4.18.4-0.fc38     updates        48 k
 libwebp                         i686   1.3.1-1.fc38        updates       294 k
 libwebp                         x86_64 1.3.1-1.fc38        updates       283 k
 libwebp-devel                   x86_64 1.3.1-1.fc38        updates        38 k
 libxcrypt                       x86_64 4.4.36-1.fc38       updates       119 k
 libxcrypt-compat                x86_64 4.4.36-1.fc38       updates        90 k
 libxcrypt-devel                 x86_64 4.4.36-1.fc38       updates        30 k
 linux-firmware                  noarch 20230625-151.fc38   updates        88 M
 linux-firmware-whence           noarch 20230625-151.fc38   updates        44 k
 mozc                            x86_64 2.28.4950.102-6.fc38
                                                            updates        14 M
 mt7xxx-firmware                 noarch 20230625-151.fc38   updates       7.2 M
 netavark                        x86_64 1.7.0-1.fc38        updates       3.0 M
 nspr                            x86_64 4.35.0-8.fc38       updates       136 k
 nss                             x86_64 3.91.0-1.fc38       updates       694 k
 nss-softokn                     x86_64 3.91.0-1.fc38       updates       1.0 M
 nss-softokn-freebl              x86_64 3.91.0-1.fc38       updates       326 k
 nss-sysinit                     x86_64 3.91.0-1.fc38       updates        18 k
 nss-util                        x86_64 3.91.0-1.fc38       updates        87 k
 nvidia-gpu-firmware             noarch 20230625-151.fc38   updates       1.2 M
 openconnect                     x86_64 9.12-1.fc38         updates       900 k
 perl-CPAN                       noarch 2.36-1.fc38         updates       565 k
 pipewire                        i686   0.3.73-1.fc38       updates       107 k
 pipewire                        x86_64 0.3.73-1.fc38       updates       107 k
 pipewire-alsa                   x86_64 0.3.73-1.fc38       updates        63 k
 pipewire-codec-aptx             x86_64 0.3.72-1.fc38       rpmfusion-free-updates
                                                                           25 k
 pipewire-gstreamer              x86_64 0.3.73-1.fc38       updates        64 k
                                 i686   0.3.73-1.fc38       updates        16 k
                                 x86_64 0.3.73-1.fc38       updates        16 k
                                 i686   0.3.73-1.fc38       updates       131 k
                                 x86_64 0.3.73-1.fc38       updates       139 k
 pipewire-libs                   i686   0.3.73-1.fc38       updates       1.8 M
 pipewire-libs                   x86_64 0.3.73-1.fc38       updates       1.8 M
 pipewire-pulseaudio             x86_64 0.3.73-1.fc38       updates       172 k
 pipewire-utils                  x86_64 0.3.73-1.fc38       updates       343 k
 python3-bytesize                x86_64 2.9-1.fc38          updates        27 k
 realtek-firmware                noarch 20230625-151.fc38   updates       2.3 M
Installing group/module packages:
 iwlegacy-firmware               noarch 20230625-151.fc38   updates       138 k
     replacing  iwl3945-firmware.noarch 20230515-150.fc38
     replacing  iwl4965-firmware.noarch 20230515-150.fc38
 iwlwifi-dvm-firmware            noarch 20230625-151.fc38   updates       1.8 M
     replacing  iwl100-firmware.noarch 20230515-150.fc38
     replacing  iwl1000-firmware.noarch 1:20230515-150.fc38
     replacing  iwl105-firmware.noarch 20230515-150.fc38
     replacing  iwl135-firmware.noarch 20230515-150.fc38
     replacing  iwl2000-firmware.noarch 20230515-150.fc38
     replacing  iwl2030-firmware.noarch 20230515-150.fc38
     replacing  iwl5000-firmware.noarch 20230515-150.fc38
     replacing  iwl5150-firmware.noarch 20230515-150.fc38
     replacing  iwl6000-firmware.noarch 20230515-150.fc38
     replacing  iwl6000g2a-firmware.noarch 20230515-150.fc38
     replacing  iwl6000g2b-firmware.noarch 20230515-150.fc38
     replacing  iwl6050-firmware.noarch 20230515-150.fc38
 iwlwifi-mvm-firmware            noarch 20230625-151.fc38   updates        40 M
     replacing  iwl3160-firmware.noarch 1:20230515-150.fc38
     replacing  iwl7260-firmware.noarch 1:20230515-150.fc38
     replacing  iwlax2xx-firmware.noarch 20230515-150.fc38
 kernel                          x86_64 6.3.7-100.fc37      @updates        0  
 kernel-core                     x86_64 6.3.7-100.fc37      @updates       65 M
 kernel-devel                    x86_64 6.3.7-100.fc37      @updates       69 M
 kernel-modules                  x86_64 6.3.7-100.fc37      @updates       54 M
 kernel-modules-core             x86_64 6.3.7-100.fc37      @updates       29 M
 kernel-modules-extra            x86_64 6.3.7-100.fc37      @updates      2.4 M
Removing dependent packages:
                                 x86_64 0.0-4.20230220gitdfedab0.fc37
                                                            @@commandline 274 k
                                 x86_64 0.12.7^20230503g2c9b670-1.fc37
                                                            @@commandline  24 k

Thank you for the information!

PS: I have no idea why there are nvidia and amd packages in there since this machine has no components from either.

Kmods are built for each kernel.

What you can see if that an old kernel is being removed and also the kmod for that old kernel.

A new kmod will be built my akmods for the new kernel.
It should all just work.

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If you note, the amd and nvidia packages are both firmware.
Fedora (and most linux distros) install ALL available firmware since no one can know exactly what hardware a user might have and thus the available firmware should cover the installed hardware in almost every case.

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Thank you Barry, indeed it works smoothly!

If you note, the amd and nvidia packages are both firmware.

I see, that makes sense! Thanks for the explanation.

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