My experience(s) ?
Professionally speaking I stopped paying attention to NetWare when Linux got more mature, at some point NetWare had even adopted the X environment (around 4 or 4.5 I think).
Don't get me wrong: nothing bad about NetWare, its just that Linux was /way/ more versatile.
And I stopped paying attention to SuSE around the time when Novell took it over. I've been an early SuSE adopter but eventually stopped liking it because it started to apply its own specific configuration schemes.
In other words: people who are highly experienced with Linux would still have a very hard time working on a SuSE based commandline. Simply because SuSE does everything "different"; and not always in a logical fashion either.
It was great while it lasted, now its time to move on IMO.