What are the Fix Pack schedules for SPSS Products?
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What is a Fix Pack?
Fix Packs are an important part of your maintenance strategy of your IBM software solution and are available to all supported customers.
A Fix Pack is a product update that contains a cumulative collection of code fixes that have been made since the last release of the product. These code fixes may be a result of several interim fixes as well as other code fixes identified to be important to our customers. Unlike individual interim fixes, a Fix Pack will undergo a regression testing cycle to validate the quality and integrity of the combined set of fixes. It is important to note that interim fixes are not made available to all customers because they receive limited testing focused on the original problem that was reported. As a result, there are clear benefits for you to take advantage of a Fix Pack as a means to maintain your solution.
What do I need to know before installing a Fix Pack?
Review the Fix List for each Fix Pack above.
Fix packs within a release are always cumulative; for example, 6.0 FP3 includes all the fixes from 6.0 FP1 and 6.0 FP2. Fix packs are language independent. Fix packs can be installed over the GA version of the product or over an installation with previous fix packs installed.
Due to timing, you may have received an interim fix that was not included in the latest Fix Pack before it entered regression testing. Please verify that all of the interim fixes that you are dependent on are included in a Fix Pack before installing it.
What is a "Hot Fix" or "Interim Fix" and how do I get it?
"Hot Fixes" are also know as "Interim Fixes" and are designed to be given to specific customers only. Each customer is individually entitled to the hot fix because the fix has not been integrated into a fix pack, (not regression tested), and, therefore, it is not generally available. A hot fix will be put into the next scheduled fix pack.
If there is a "security" hot fix that needs to be generally available, then it is published as "generally available" and it will be searchable and in the list of available fixes for the product.