A mayor change within the core of, at it’s fundamentals, a system allowing users to build-up a website easily and publish content, especially articles, texts still mostly used as a blogging solution even if WordPress became a complete CMS that can be used to run an online business, store, … will not be without consequences which I expect to be losing market shares, disturbing most users familiar with WordPress that will get entirely lost and confused.
The transition will not be smooth and a lot of end-users will get troubles with plugins, themes, everything they learned and knew that made them comfortable enough through time to use it for some of there website will be lost. Some will stay with it, some will look-up for an alternative.
Those running big WordPress websites are for sure happy.
At the end, that kind of change is not a “change” or “evolution”, more a new software who will only keep the name without been WordPress any longer.
I would be curious what is going on “off-topic” and real motivations behind.
My believe is that this will break a huge market (plugins, themes providers, developers) and that the final goal is purely financial: kill that competition to make a centralized model where only few mayor-concentric companies will hold the market and see there incomes rise up to the rainbow.
WordPress was great but have for sure no time to waste with that “Gutenberg ugly crap” and already switching to other similar (and more stable solutions) for my websites.
As long as, in regards of Gutenberg thing/k, the way it will turn is not 100% clear from start to what it involves, I pass which doesn’t mean that, in some month, when the storm will be ended, I’ll not have a look at it, and maybe enjoy what I’ll discover.
If today, I want to start a project using WordPress, it is simply not possible: hoping with “maybe” is no option, surprises too.