Looks like Matt & Co. continue with their aggressive takeover of the WordPress universe for their own commercial benefit.
First they forced Gutenberg down our collective throats.
Then, Jetpack dropped support for anything below WP 5.0 and started promoting paid upgrades to anyone who installed it
Now, news emerges that WooCommerce will add suggestions for extensions but only if they are in the official Woocommerce marketplace. Other extensions (even if they are in the official repo) will not be mentioned.
I think it is pretty obvious where this is going and unfortunately WP is quickly turning to the ‘dark side’.
Luckily, WP and repo plugins like Woocommerce are all GPL which means they can be forked.
Forking Woocommerce by the ClassicPress community is a very smart move IMO. Not only it will further raise the profile of the ClassicPress project as a whole but it will actually be beneficial in the sense that it will ensure Woocommerce will remain compatible with ClassicPress.
The Jetpack example proves definitively that Woocommerce will eventually stop working on websites that don’t have Gutenberg (which obviously includes anyone using ClassicPress) and it will probably won’t take that long as its owner is clearly on an ‘evangelical’ mission to convert (figuratively and literally!) everyone to Gutenberg.