There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding of the situation here
Renoise is a Tracker, it is just a Tracker, nothing else
Trackers are popular with people on or from Amigas and Atari (Yes there are lots of other variants, but heavily Amiga and a fair bit Atari too)
Now if we consider this, Renoise has a very small audience it can reach out to, lets look…
Hardcore Amiga heads - They will use an Amiga to do their tracking even if it costs them $3000 to buy some garbage out of date computer being sold as hi tech.
Hardcore Atari heads - Actually there seems to be very few people left tracking on Atari nowadays, but there are still a ton using Cubase (Ewwww Piano roll, shoot him)
Hardcore Tracker heads - A lot of these guys are using Renoise now, some updated to 3/3.1, some are just too ‘l33t’ for that and they continue to ‘pwn’ 2.8 everyday, what is even funnier still, if the developers did “sell out” and actually dare to make money off their hard work by adding in a linear arranger and piano roll (Shoot him in the face, he said it twice) they would just stop buying in to Renoise, because it would no longer be a “real” tracker.
Hardcore Music Heads - This is the money pit right here, right now Renoise is not very attractive at all to these guys, when a wheel is a wheel it is a wheel, Piano Roll is a wheel (Shoot his face, then feed it to me, he said it three times) linear arranger is a wheel, when something is right it is right, some come on board and have a little flirt “Hmmm, this thing never ever crashes, The sampler and effects are OK for the money (Yes OK, not great, not special, we live in the age of some very special VST plugins that cost very very little) and this tracker stuff is quite interesting” this is boredom, nothing more, and after a few weeks maybe a couple of months they go back to their wheels, the piano roll and linear arranger (OK that is four times, I want him dead, I want his family dead, I want everybody he ever met, dead !!!) the amount of times i hear on every other forum “Yeah i have a licence for that, used it a bit, but after a while, you know”
Now, while you may convinced yourself that Tracking is uber powerful and micro editing heaven, reality is that the world has moved on some what, pretty much every daw on the planet can now micro edit at the sample level (Yep the most accurate you can be) and do everything that a tracker can do, there is nothing a tracker can do that a linear or even pattern based DAW can not do, but a hell of a lot more that they can do, that a tracker can’t (OK some Trackers added audio tracks, but still, even they had limited linear editing capability)
So in reality, Renoise has very little future in terms of huge userbase or big influx of capitol, and while that may annoy you, it is actually non of your damn business, the developers make their choice and they run with it, they released Redux, personally i would/have suggested that the next thing they do is spin off all the effects in a single package for say $20-30, this would sell like hotcakes, and lets be clear here, once you have Renoise effects and Redux in a Linear host, well Renoise begins to look like a very very poor second choice to work in, take this one step further and spin Renoise sequencer off as a step sequencer that when you load Redux in to it works like Renoise itself, and have the Renoise effects too, all in a Linear DAW, that is one serious serious toolkit, but doubtful that will happen.
This thread is actually a perfect example of everything i am saying, look how busy the forum is, it is near enough dead around here, but start a thread and suggest tracking is not the be all and end all, or that piano roll (OK this fker is taking the ps, blow up the entire planet, aaaah aaaah aaaah aaaah) or linear arranger are the only things that would make Renoise interesting to most people, bam, you have a busy thread hahaha.