The following are personal thoughts and key takeaways I wanted to share (in no particular order) based on recent interactions with other members of the community, I'm by no means claiming these to be absolute truths, however, in the event that one of the following statements is true, it doesn't mean that another statement is false, two things can be true at the same time.
* Absolute positions lead to narrow views and toxic communities
* Laravel is a great Framework and Taylor is an amazing developer
* The commercial offerings of Laravel are great, they ensure the ecosystem stays afloat
* The larger the Laravel userbase is, the larger the pool of customers for Laravel related products/courses is, and this is fine.
* Taylor's contributions have changed many lives, including my own and for that I'm grateful
* Raising an opinion about a small part of the ecosystem, doesn't mean that one is demeaning all the other parts or contributions.
* Some of Taylor's responses to some opinions (including one of my own) were really inappropriate.
* People who said that we were simply criticizing free software, did not really understand the problem.
* Laravel is a business, not a charity. Not only for Taylor, but for anyone whose business depends on it and this is fine, only by being financially successful can a project like Laravel thrive.
* The simple change of removing the deprecation notice in laravel/ui's repo actually helps because it leaves on the table an official auth scaffold alternative for those of us who don't like Jetstream.
* `php artisan make:auth` was one of the deciding factors for a lot of people who were evaluating frameworks at one point. That's the reason this whole topic was so sensitive.
* Most of the opinions about Jetstream were not personal attacks agains Taylor and should have never been treated as such.
* Yes, anyone can fork/build their own auth scaffold and ignore Jetstream, but this raises the entry barrier for people that don't fell confortable with Tailwind/Inertia/Livewire.
* Raise the entry barrier of anything and a percentage of potential users will flock to an alternative.
* Paying for one or more of Laravel's commercial offerings is a way of contributing to the ecosystem, PR's are not the only way.
I may have missed a couple that don't come to mind at the moment, but most likely the most important personal takeaways are there.
If you are going to comment, you may agree or disagree (it's fine), I'll only ask you to be polite.
Cheers, and a great week for everyone!