Why at least pay for what you can get free of charge ?

According to Ed Brill there are plans to have “standard out-of-the-box RSS feed support as well as blog template support” .
To be honest; why do I have to pay for new “features” I can get free of charge from the Open Source community ? I can download a well working Blog template from OpenNTF and can code a RSS feed using generic Lotus Notes capabilities.

It is ridiculous to offer more and more new features but leave the core product as is.
I’ve complained about the fact that it is not possible to change the column headers at runtime. The same complaint about tabbed tables labels.
Another one is about sections. Why can i change the twistie in views using an alternative to the standard picture but cannot use this in sections ?

Developers should rather concentrate on how to implement code for this than create functions for stuff that is already available

2 thoughts on “Why at least pay for what you can get free of charge ?

  1. That is IMHO due to IBMs social-netwoking movement. They are quite excited (read: Americans on coffeine and sugar) about Tags, RSS, etc. There is a lot of buzz around all those technologies/standards.

    This probably didn’t cost them very much, but it emphazizes IBMs commitment to blogging, etc.

    And according to what I hear in one session right now is, that this “RSS support” is initially available only in the discussion database template anyway.

  2. I just spoke with Chris Stoner and Andre Guirard (both IBM officials ) regarding changing the column headers at runtime.

    They said, that this is on their list and they know, that it is a quite important item as this is needed for internationalition, etc.

    I got the impression that this is comming in the near future, although they didn’t mention a date or release.

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