I’m not part of the Jitsi Team, so you can take my response with a grain of salt. But I feel like it’s important to point out how flawed your reasoning is on this issue and how unfair your accusations are.
Meetings are still free at meet.jit.si. These meetings have no restrictions, for the most part. You can host a meeting for as long as you want and as many meetings as you like. That in itself alone is worth its weight in gold. meet.jit.si continues to be used by millions worldwide, so I’m unsure of this “bait and switch” you talk about.
When you embed Jitsi through meet.jit.si on your private platform, you’re further offsetting the cost of providing videoconferencing to your users to the Jitsi Team, while presenting it as a feature on your platform. Yes, the TOS demands that you retain the logo, but let’s be real, when embedded, most people just assume it’s a feature you’re providing. And the Jitsi Team was ok with supporting this for years - for free. But resources are not unlimited and with the onset of the pandemic, there was an exponential rise in the number of users, which means even more resources are needed. Who is supposed to bear the cost of all that extra infrastructure? Most people who embed Jitsi (through meet.jit.si) in their applications make money off of it. No one ever batted an eyelid about that. But now, it’s becoming too expensive to support and they’re saying, we’re unable to foot this bill anymore. This makes all the sense in the world to me.
You STILL have options - you can host your own server, bear the cost of providing the resources and have absolute control over your environment. There are cloud hosting services that can facilitate this if you don’t want to have physical infrastructure. And you’ll STILL be using Jitsi’s proprietary solution FOR FREE. That anyone would complain about this is just bizarre to me.
So yes, while we understand that you feel upset that something you’ve been getting for free since forever will now cost you a couple of cents per endpoint to retain, I think it is awfully unfair for you to characterize the decision the way you did. You Pastor a church - I’m fairly certain you collect offerings (and possibly, tithes) from your members to support your operational costs. So, in my mind, you especially should understand this decision.
Again, you didn’t direct your missive to me, but because we all benefit tremendously from the unmatched generosity of the Jitsi Team, I feel compelled to say something.
JaaS costs just a few pennies (after you’ve exhausted the free 25 endpoints per month). This is not only fair, but extremely generous.
1 Timothy 5:18 English Standard Version 2016 (ESV)
For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”