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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Core OS
Created by Guest
Created on Dec 1, 2022

Explaination needed as to why traditiona IBM i support for N-2 seems to be vanishing

For decades IBM has support the current release of the operation system (IBM i) and the prior 2 releases of same. Today, it sees only V7R5 and V7R4 are being enhanced and V7R3 is being abandoned before an enevatable V7Rn+1 is announced or shipped.

For the most part the major enhancements have been centered around introducing SQL functions and features of SQL itself. It would have been nice to support V7R3 with most of that, and even nicer to let us know that you are now only supporting/enhancing N-1 and no longer enhancing N-2 releases.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Jan 16, 2023


    I think you can rest easy on this one, as far as I can see, IBM support plans for the end of like for 7.3 are the same as they were for 7.2.

    I think what might be causing you concern and possibly confusion is that IBM have not announced extended support for 7.3 yet. Looking this IBM website, note 5 states "The IBM i 7.3 Service Extension Offering will be announced prior to the standard end-of-service date of September 30, 2023."

    So, your wish for ongoing support for 7.3 after 30th Sept 2023 looks to be on the way.

    I hope this helps

    Best Wishes, Brad

    Steve Bradshaw
    IBM Champion, Member of CEAC, TD of
    and Friendly Techie Bloke at

  • Guest
    Dec 9, 2022
    The following link explains the IBM i roadmaps that we have been following for the past several releases ?

    IBM Power Systems development