As an IT-professional, I combined my mini mainframe expertise to one LAN server system. I chose for Novell and NetWare because its functionality was much more complete and secure for actual companies.
When I passed my first certification test, I received a plastic red tulip. When I had enough certifications to call myself Certified Novell Engineer, I had a bunch. I bought extra flowers for whenever I passed a test ... Microsoft, IBM, Tivoli, CISSP ...
Today I received a mail that Netware is no longer supported by Novell.