Lotus Foundations returns from the dead?

An intriguing IBM announcement letter released today:

Effective on June 17, 2011, IBM will reinstate part numbers from the following product release licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement:
Program
number      Program release name
 
5724-V16    IBM Lotus Foundations

Part
number    Program name
 
5724-V16  IBM Lotus Foundations
 
D0CKLLL   IBM Lotus Foundations Start Authorized User License + SW
           Subscription & Support 12 Months
E08LKLL   IBM Lotus Foundations Start Authorized User Annual SW
           Subscription & Support Renewal
D0CKMLL   IBM Lotus Foundations Start Authorized User SW Subscription &
           Support Reinstatement 12 Months
 
D046NLL   IBM Lotus Foundations Start Server License + SW Subscription &
           Support 12 Months
E04XHLL   IBM Lotus Foundations Start Server Annual SW Subscription &
           Support Renewal
D046PLL   IBM Lotus Foundations Start Server SW Subscription & Support
           Reinstatement 12 Months
 
D0CPLLL   IBM Lotus Foundations AntiSpam Authorized User Initial Fixed
           Term License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months
E08N4LL   IBM Lotus Foundations AntiSpam Authorized User Subsequent Fixed
           Term License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months
 
E08N5LL   IBM Lotus Foundations AntiVirus Authorized User Subsequent
           Fixed Term License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months
D0CPMLL   IBM Lotus Foundations AntiVirus Authorized User Initial Fixed
           Term License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months
 
D08UELL   IBM Lotus Foundations Branch Office Server License + SW
           Subscription & Support 12 Months
E06SSLL   IBM Lotus Foundations Branch Office Server Annual SW
           Subscription & Support Renewal
D08UFLL   IBM Lotus Foundations Branch Office Server SW Subscription &
           Support Reinstatement 12 Months

So what’s going on there then?

Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!