Idea ID: 2788278

Novell Client rebranding

Status : Delivered
over 4 years ago
With version 2 SP4 IR3 the Novell Client was rebranded as "Micro Focus Client for Open Enterprise Server 2 SP4 (IR3)". Together with the new name come various changes on the user interface. I want to suggest to following changes to future versions:
1) Change the name to something like "Micro Focus Client for Open Enterprise Server, V2 SP4 (IR3)". Open Enterprise Server 2 is a product from the distant past, and the client version should not be confused with the server one. As this is an NCP client maybe "Micro Focus NCP Client, V2 SP4 (IR3)" might work as well.
2) Cange the capital N in the user interface. The Novell brand has gone, so this has no obvious meaning anymore. N like NCP?
3) In the menues for right-click and tray many instances of Novell were replaced with OES, e.g. "Novell Login" with "OES Login" or "Novell Map Network Drive" with "OES Map Network drive". This will be confusing for our users as they do not know what OES means. It is also not correct as the Open Enterprise Server supports multiple protocols and thus an "OES Map Network Drive" operation could be done with CIFS instead of NCP as well. Please omit OES wherever possible. A simple "Login", "Map Network Drive", or "Utilities" will do just fine while making the rebranding easier for our users.
  • Shortly we are also planning to make available for download a set of icons which can be used as replacement.
  • We have been taking feedback on this change and here's how we have acted on it. We are providing an option to customize the icon. The option to customize the login time bitmap was already present. This is available with Client for OES, v2 SP4 (IR4). Hope this relieves the helpdesk issues some of you are facing and allows you to update to the newer version of the client with additional improvements. For details please on this, please refer TID 7018057 (www.novell.com/.../doc.php Other update info - www.novell.com/.../doc.php
  • Agree with Peter's comment of keeping the "N", make it blue if you want, and rename it MicroFocus Network client. You could then just make all the Novell references Network references. It also keeps the focus where it should be, on the network!
  • I would suggest keeping the "N", make it blue if you want, and rename it MicroFocus Network client. You could then just make all the Novell references Network references. It also keeps the focus where it should be, on the network. Just my two cents.
  • Referring to Rodney W.'s comment: You are totally right that the red N has gone. Writing the suggestion I was relying on the documentation rather than the client itself. At the time of writing the documentation was not updated yet on this point. OES is alive and still a very interesting and powerful product, of course. OES 2 is a past version. It might be better to keep the versioning of client and server just in sync like with other products, e.g. GroupWise or Filr, in order to avoid any confusion.