Yes, Dude server will not be made for Windows, but you can install RouterOS in VirtualBOX (via CHR image, for free) and run it the same way as before.
After actually installing the new version, I understand what you are saying here; however, this isn't very clear in the release notes. It reads like "You can't install on Windows".
As a longtime user of v4b3 I really saw the dude as a client-server application. I installed and used both the client and server on the same machine. I can only think of one place that I used the client separate from the sever - and that was a while ago. After looking at it again, there are actually two components of the Dude - regardless of the version:
` The Dude Server service
` The Interactive client
For those v4b3 Windows machine users, see your services and task manager to verify the client:server components of the Dude:
In the new version, the Windows "The Dude Server" *service* (red arrows above) is no longer an installable option. I understand that the server component must be installed on a ROS. BUT the client application is still Windows - just like it is with v4b3. My notification option to "execute locally" (a big deal for me) still resides on the windows client and not the server.
This clarified things for me. And as for me, I intend on testing the Dude (server component) on CHR until I see a compelling reason to change platforms.
I'm really excited about the Dude project being brought back - regardless of the platform the server component operates on!