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I think there was less expectation, among the players, that 5E would be similar to any previous edition.Therefore, no reason for upset, if and when things are found to have changed.
I've run adventures written for Moldvay B/X, Mentzer BECMI, Gygax AD&D, and Cook 2ndEd, in a variety of other editions up to 3.5, without much conversion needed.
A lot of people were expecting 4E to be a revision and clarification of 3.5, incorporating lessons learned since 2000. The rules had been recompiled in the Rules Compendium, several classes had been introduced in later books, to bridge the perceived power discrepancy between martial and caster PCs. When hearing a new edition was in the works, plenty of people believed they'd be getting that info in a new set of core books.
Was that a reasonable belief? You can argue yes or no on that. (Please don't)
Yeah, I heard a lot of that too. Not really sure where the notion came from but LOTS of people were pointing to the Star Wars: Saga rules and Tome of Battle as the building blocks for 4e and I don't refute they drew inspiration from those sourcebooks, a significant portion of the game changed that didn't look like that. I blame the lack of charts and color-coded boxes myself.