I read a tonne of tech news via RSS in Google Reader. I subscribe to various IT-related feeds and planet feeds. I used to often see Novell-related news in my feeds. In the last year or so these have dwindled to the occasional IDM story or something to do with SLES in data centres, which doesn’t really interest us too much. We were strong NetWare / OES customers, Border Manager users, GroupWise and Zenworks and everything red. We’re still tight with GroupWise, but the rest of the stuff is losing it’s lustre for us.
This has occurred coincidentally with Novell stopping marketing to us directly, and disappearing from our market space. They’ve stopped addressing our market requirements in their shift to data center Linux. We still use their products, but we don’t feel like they are connected with our market anymore. We actually get cold sales calls on stuff we don’t care about from them every once in a while now, while we haven’t heard from our actual sales rep in a year. The only direct contact we get from them where they act like they know who we are anymore is for auditing and billing.
It was a good run while it lasted, anyways.