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The Dude IS Dead, really, isn't it?

Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:55 am

Hi Team,

I've been a big fan of the Dude since I started using Mikrotik in 2006 ( or 4, I can't recall!). Anyways, It's a great package and does wonderful things and I still think there isn't much out there that compares for simplicity when managing basic network documentation and information. When it was announced for Dude that the reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated, I was 1 day away from packing up my 5000 devices and moving them to NetXMS

I was excited. About bloody time. Woo Hoo. Lets go Dudes!

Now.. 3 Years later, trawling through the release notes I see no major headway on anything Dude related within the Change logs. I see no implementation of new features or enhancements and little to give comfort that any real development is happening behind closed doors. There are so many fantastic things the Dude can do, could do and would do with the right love.

Please, someone, where is the Dude?
Where are his friends?
Are you leaving the Dude behind? No Dude should be left behind.

As I do every 3 years or so it seems, I'm loosing hope. I'm going to have to bring those not too old demos of NetXMS and Nagios XI back to life, upgrade them and look at moving away. For 12 Years I've loved your Dude. I've loved him so much and now my heart is broken because the Dude is stale and abandoned. The Dude could be one of the biggest draw cards to Mikrotik and only needs a minor enhancement or feature every release or so to give us confidence.

Make the Maps Stable and stop disappearing.
Integrate Google Maps or Open Street Maps and Lat / Long to devices
Make graphs reliable
Build some auto device backup scripts
Build in an auto backup feature for the dude itself
Add a scheduler
Create some user permissions and per map / device type permissions
Integrate API 3 and bulk updates / scripting
Create an asset register and enhance the database
Hell, throw in some ACS

Steal the thunder from Ubiquiti and UNMS and other tools which are actively developed but still lack the simple wonderlust that your dude creates amongst it's users.
Just a few tweaks here and there every release and you'll keep the hordes of Dudes (and ladies) who love your Dude happy. And who knows what a million happy Dudes could do for you?

How about a little confidence boost that there is active development?

Otherwise, this dude is going to abandon the dude too. :(

(And that sound so narcissistic, but it's not, it's just reality. I've told you before and I'll tell you again, you've got a great Dude, but he's loosing his sex appeal and developing a middle age spread that you won't be able to escape unless you love him.)
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Re: The Dude IS Dead, really, isn't it?

Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:37 am

Biggest problem I had with the Dude is that I'd upgrade a router and it'd stop working. If my router doesn't survive an upgrade, I can fix it straight away. If my client's router doesn't survive an upgrade, I have to go and see them and they're not going to be happy. If I upgrade them all at the same time, I risk having a very bad day. Why can't a dude agent continue to monitor a router of an earlier software version?
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Re: The Dude IS Dead, really, isn't it?

Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:04 pm

Dude broke the network and had to stop using it. It was causing an interrupt about every 2 minutes which brought 80 users to their knees and not a religious experience I'd like to repeat! Am phasing out all Mikrotik devices from the networks as they don't seem interested in maintaining their firmware in addressing ancient issues.
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Re: The Dude IS Dead, really, isn't it?

Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:16 pm

Too bad to read only negative experiances here.

I run dude 6.43.8 on CHR in VM .
It does what it has to do, runs for a couple of years now, updated with every release.
Sometimes a manual vacuumdb is neccesary to get snmp counters running after an update.
No further problems seen here,
great functionality for great money (read=free)
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Re: The Dude IS Dead, really, isn't it?

Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:29 pm

Child's project made by child's company.
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Re: The Dude IS Dead, really, isn't it?

Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:55 pm

Please, someone, where is the Dude?
Amen; let 2019 be the year of our Dude..
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Re: The Dude IS Dead, really, isn't it?

Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:21 pm

Yeah... i suffer from the same problem. I also made the last petition to bring it´s development back, i don´t know if it motivates the version 6.0..... but i´m loosing hope again. Dude is really an awesome piece of software that is starting to show it´s age. It would be nice if it could have an modern HTML5 interface and better backp features. Really hope that mikrotik answer this post, but i dont think it will.
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