Hi @kxra thanks for raising this.
Thanks a lot not only for choosing Jitsi but for spending time advocating it to others!
I don’t think it’s hard to realize that we have been trying things out to see what makes sense. That means we sometimes make mistakes. There used to be a free 8x8 Meet plan, which was indeed confusing when compared to “vanilla” Jitsi Meet running on meet.jit.si.
That is no longer the case. Now we have a free “vanilla” Jitsi Meet installation running on meet.jit.si and 8x8 Meet which is the paid version, with some extra features, running on 8x8.vc.
Please help me better understand this. It has a different name, sure, but it’s “just” Jitsi Meet with a different coat of paint, and some extra features. What do you mean by the lack of cross compatibility? Why do you think this is a step back for the whole community? There are features Jitsi Meet has that we cannot provide in meet.jit.si for different reasons: they cost money (transcriptions, unlimited recordings), they require user accounts (private rooms), etc.
The current split allows us to serve both kinds of users, or al test that’s what we intend.
Hope that helps you see how we ended up here. Happy to continue the conversation!