FWUPD Linux Firmware Updater Prepares "Best Known Configuration" Feature
While this may be useful for some laptops and desktops as well, the "best known configuration" support coming in the next FWUPD release is primarily engineered with servers in mind where there is a multitude of different firmware packages from UEFI to different controllers, network hardware, and a wide array of other upgradeable firmware/microcode. Often times the server vendors will have explicit version recommendations for all the different components due to commercial support reasons or what has been qualified by the vendor. With FWUPD's "best known configuration" option, it's now easy to convey those recommendations as a compatible set.
The best known configuration option works for both upgrading and downgrading of firmware. Users if desired can still bypass the "best known configuration" for a given system. FWUPD 1.7.3 due out before year's end is expected to have this functionality in place.
More details on the feature via this blog post by FWUPD/LVFS lead developer Richard Hughes of Red Hat.