No, it is not dead,
IcBrainy, part of what I am doing is doing away with the setup for windows xp, windows vista, windows 7 ect, it is apparent to me that you are kinda new to this sort of thing OR IT and programming in general.
Don't take that as a bash, just a simple observation.
As for the learning curve, In any sort of game development, one must first have a basic understanding of the fundementals before you can start developing a game and an MMO, More so, you must have an understanding of back end systems, web servers, mysql ( or similar Database server ) how they interconnect and communicate with each other and the game server, what their capibilities are, Ect....
Thus, the Learning curve for a givin platform should be as limited to learning the platform itself as possible. As I have stated before, we are not here to teach someone python, or mysql programming or how to setup a web server. We are here specificly to help people understand Multiverse, Now that isnt to say we wont point people in the right direction if say they are weak with python or any of the other parts that make up the platform, however, it is NOT our responsability to teach them these things.
I know the re-design and re-launch of the site is taking WAY longer than expected , but there are some technical issues going on with our VPS atm that are slowing things down. They have had to go through all of thier servers and remove malware, which is where the malware attack on OUR site came from.
So in short, YES i am getting rid of windows setups all together as one would NEVER use windows for a Production level MMO server because of security and other issues, YES if you intend to use multiverse you will be expected to have atleast a BASIC understanding of Linux to run it, YES, there IS a windows SERVER Operating system version in the works , BUT consumer level versions of windows, aka windows xp , windows vista, windows 7, will no longer be supported for the server side of the platform, ( Multiverse server, apache setup, mysql server .. and so on ) only SERVER versions of windows will be supported for that with linux HIGHLY encouraged )