Like many people I have downloaded the latest "Drupal" (which basically means Drupal core, which at the time of writing is 7.16), only to discover later, to my immense frustration and hassle, that it doesn't even include a WYSIWYG editor. Like many people, I have then had to struggle to understand the complexities of the warring WYSIWYG solutions: CKEditor proposes you uninstall the WYSIWYG module, and the WYSIWYG module warns you strongly not to download "CKEditor for Drupal - The ultimate editing solution for Drupal Open Source CMS". I am still fighting with that, but as a techie I will, eventually, I guess, solve it.
But surely there is a better way for Drupal to be user-friendly without losing the technical advantages of keeping core light-weight?
I understand that there is a complex, technical and heated battle between keeping Drupal core light-weight and packing Drupal core with as much as possible. I do not pretend to understand all the complex arguments therein.
What I do understand is that the current situation where the standard Drupal 7 download does not even include, for example, a working WYSIWYG editor is a tragedy, making huge amounts of very difficult work, especially for all those non-technical users, and really harming the adoption of Drupal.