This document announces the End of Service of the Lotus Enterprise Integrator, Notes, and Domino® 6.5.x series in April 2010. Please read the details below.
In accordance with the standard IBM Software Group release management process and our commitment to continuous improvement of our product line, IBM Lotus software announced that effective April 30, 2010, Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino server releases 6.5.x and IBM Lotus Enterprise Integrator (LEI) 6.5.x will be retired from service. The 7.x and 8.x code streams for Notes, Domino, and LEI remain in service.
6.5.6 is the last Maintenance Release for the 6.5.x release. Customers who encounter issues in 6.5.x that are not addressed in 6.5.6 but are fixed in a later release are encouraged to upgrade. For those customers where upgrading is not an option, a PMR can be escalated for fix evaluation. A fix is not guaranteed and will be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine if a fix can be safely backported to an earlier release. Any pervasive issues that impact many customers will be addressed in Fix Packs on top of 6.5.6. To check the status of 6.5.6 Fix Packs (FPs) please refer to the Notes/Domino Fix List web page.
Key dates to be aware of:
|Date||Significance of date||Comments|
|March 27, 2007||6.5.6 eGA||Last release for this 6.5.x code stream.|
|October 9, 2007||Public Announcement||Public announce of withdrawal from market and end of support dates.|
|November 08, 2007||End of Life (EOL) for 6.5.0 6.5.1, & 6.5.2||Withdrawal from market, meaning that 6.5.0 - 6.5.2 will no longer be available for sale. Customers under existing maintenance contracts will continue to be entitled to maintenance releases and hot fixes using normal channels.|
|February 5, 2008||Public Announcement (z/OS)||Public announce of withdrawal from market and end of support dates.|
|April 24, 2008||End of Life (EOL) for 6.5.3 & 6.5.4||Withdrawal from market, meaning that 6.5.3 - 6.5.6 will no longer be available for sale. Customers under existing maintenance contracts will continue to be entitled to maintenance releases and hot fixes using normal channels.|
|April 22, 2010||End of Life (EOL) for 6.5.5 & 6.5.6|
|April 30, 2010||End of Service (EOS) for 6.5.x||End of technical phone support and maintenance engineering (code fixes) for all Domino, Notes, and LEI 6.5.x releases.|
Refer to the IBM Software Support Lifecycle site for links to the end of market and end of support announcement letters.
Refer to the Upgrade Central site for details on upgrading Notes/Domino.
|Messaging Applications||Lotus End of Support Products||Lotus Domino Designer||6.5|
|Messaging Applications||Lotus End of Support Products||Lotus Domino Administrator||6.5|
|Messaging Applications||Lotus End of Support Products||Lotus Domino Access for Microsoft Outlook||6.5|
|Messaging Applications||Lotus End of Support Products||Lotus Domino Web Access||6.5|
|Messaging Applications||Lotus End of Support Products||Lotus Enterprise Integrator for Domino||6.5|
|Messaging Applications||Lotus End of Support Products||Lotus Notes|
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