I found this discussion circuitously (Webdeersign email), and would like to add my $0.02.
For me, and I bet a majority of RW designers, RW without Stacks is worthless. While I know zero about RealMac’s financial situation, I always thought it odd that Stacks was not just purchased by RM and incorporated directly into RW and perhaps Isaiah brought on board as a full-time consultant developer. Not to say, he’d wish that, but Stacks is such a fundamental part of RW webdesign, that it seems like it should be a permanent part of the RW product and would probably benefit from being incorporated directly inside the RW code.
I don’t know what percentage of RW owners also own/use Stacks–50% or more? And I have no idea how big the licensed RW universe is–25K licensees? 50K? 100K? 200K? More? If RW new and upgrades pricing were $10 or $15 more and that included the licensing fee that RW was paying for Stacks, might that be a more lucrative income for Isaiah? This way every time RW gets a big upgrade, Isaiah gets his income, just like RM does. It seems like there’s an upgrade every 1.5-2 years or so, so it would still have the general feast or famine cycle of upgrade payouts, but the total will likely be more because piracy would be over, given that all licensed copies of RW would include the licensing fee for Stacks.
Just a thought.