Acessing NetWare from openSUSE

I've been asked how I've been managing a NetWare network if my primary workstation is OpenSUSE. That's a good question. Right now I'm doing it through two methods:
  1. I have WinXP running in a Xen VM that I use for 90% of it. Network throughput blows chunks, though.
  2. NetStorage (MyFiles for you WWU people) supports WebDav, and so does Nautilus.
Screen-cap of nautilus using webdav on netstorage
As you can see. In fact, I used the above screen to drop the screen-cap I made into my myweb folder for publication.

That said, there IS a way to get the Novell Client for Linux 1.2 installed to openSUSE, I just haven't done it yet. You can find instructions in the Novell newsgroups, which google handilly archives. I must mention that NCL1.2 will be getting service-packed when SLES10 SP1 comes up within the next month. These instructions may not be valid once SP1 is being published from


I've used the Novell Client on openSUSE 10.2 but I found the file copy performance to be much worse compared to using the Client on a Windows workstation :-(

Thanks for the write up on this. As far as client performance, I wonder if opensuse differs from SLED in that aspect. I understand they are from the same base, but for the most part SLED has older packages than the "bleeding edge" opensuse.

Very roughly, SLED is based on the openSUSE 10.1 code. SLED10 SP1 is going to be based on the openSUSE 10.2 code. So sometime in the next 2-4 weeks Novell will be releasing SP1 to "code 10", and at the same time Novell Client for Linux 1.2 SP1, which will probably work better on openSUSE 10.2.