This is the kinda shit that gets me looking at different vendors.
Mikrotik has "hobby projects" someone "feels" like working - maybe.
Zero strategy, zero leadership and zero respect to customer base.
Prove me wrong.
All I know is we won't be ordering any more of the RB1100AHx4 in the near future – with no idea when containers nor dude will come. In fact, we just ordered a couple Turris Omnia
(lower CPU, disk than RB1100, but does have containers, USB 3.0, and miniPCIe) to try out as potential replacement of the RB1100 we're using as the head-end for remote LTE device. That's 2 x $400 Mikrotik isn't getting. Drop in the buck to MT... but there is competition out there.
Totally agree: Using MT for a while, but the continual failure to present a high-level road map is quite frustrating. Waited a VERY long for for ROS V7 to come out to get MBIM, but that was long in Linux/OpenWRT and critical to working with any modern LTE modem/hotspot. The same goes for the Wi-Fi: I kept expecting at some point they have at least one device with 802.11ax or at least Wave2, still nothing. And now finding out the Dude, which we use, isn't going to be available as an off-hand comment in an internet forum.
I love RouterOS design, and it's abstracting away all the Linux/hardware stuff, but there product management doesn't ever seem to be improving. But picking part this forum to guess at product roadmap, so our company can make our own plans, is ridiculous. They can't even be bother to update there website to at least communicate to potential customers that the Dude is deprecated - in fact from https://mikrotik.com/thedude
The Dude network monitor is a new application by MikroTik
If MT is going to drop/deprecate it, then don't advertise it as "new". I still fail to see why they can't even at least port the same V6 Dude to the V7 build, even if nothing changed other than it ran on V7.