I had to rescue data from a Novell fileserver that had become corrupt, and NWFS was invaluable in doing so. But, I had to compile an ancient kernel specifically for that purpose.
If Novell really is committed to Linux, perhaps they can shed some light on this murky topic.
Andre Hedrick's concerns [iu.edu]
Netware Utils [kernel.org]
Kernel patches for 2.4.15 [kernel.org]