I agree with you. You have identified a weakness in the product and made it an opportunity, which is something big companies like IBM sometimes overlook. That said, its not a stretch to assert that this should be part of the base functionality.
Whilst I agree that it would be great to have all these available as Foundations add-ons it doesn't help IBM prioritise the need for the individual products. My number one priority for IBM to make available on Foundations is Traveler.
@Sean - I am sure that's the reason and suspect you have some insight there. The trick is to create a management process through Foundations WebConfig that can make restores simple. Even on the full Domino side its not that straightforward yet. Still the benefits like saving 40-60% disk space on average (depending on how the users use attachments in their mail) makes this a goal. Without DAOS the pain for Foundation shops will be the process of adding/upgrading disks when they run out of space.
I am wondering if DAOS wasn't enabled due to the complexity it brings to the backup proceedure. I would expect them to enable it in the future since it would really take the disk space issue away in a lot of cases.
The current releae IS shipping with Domino 8.5. Transaction logging is running, but no DAOS. You're not really supposed to go in and change any of the config because the autonomics will revert the settings back.
You can easily provide the same functionality with out quickr and it's quirks. I would rather see Lotus Connections migrated to Foundation. I have quickr at customers sites but it's never been used as much as the discussion and blogs templates. It was forced on the users since some executive thought it looked nice. With no Notes interface it's just a website that could be replaced with an opensource app. If your a MS shop they you may like it. For Mac and Linux users, it's nothing special.