Novell certainly didn't make many friends with the announcement of its partnership with Microsoft early this month. At least one pundit we've read recently has opted to switch Linux distros rather than support a company that would make nice with Ballmer, et al.
We suspect the company's decision to pull out of the Hula open source collaboration server project didn't do much to help the situation. InfoWorld reports this morning that Novell, which started the project early last year, has moved its full-time Hula developers to other positions. The company has determined the project is no longer worth its investment.
In a post to the Hula community newsgroup, a Novell employee indicated that there was no need at this time for an additional mail infrastructure -- that bringing Hula into companies for Web mail would mean duplicating many of their existing protocols.
The InfoWorld story also also indicates that the decision may have been the result of Novell "picking up on" criticism the Hula project received early on.
Somehow we don't think Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian will be drafting an open letter to explain this one to the community, since it's not as big or as polarizing as the Microsoft partnership.