Matt Mullenweg just announced that Gutenberg (a WordPress project) and Calypso (an Automattic project) will be rewritten without React.
The decision came after Facebook announced that they would not back down from “the patents clause” which many in the open source community, notably Apache, found problematic.
It sounds like Vue is a common suggestion to take its place, along with Preact.
I have to admit, I don’t totally understand the patents clause. Some were up in arms about it, and some argue it’s not worth overreacting about.
However, this seems like the best long-term decision for WordPress users moving forward. Consider this quote from Matt’s blog post:
Core WordPress updates go out to over a quarter of all websites, having them all inherit the patents clause isn’t something I’m comfortable with.
Are you surprised by the news? Which would be your preferred React replacement, if any?