The future of Hula, the open-source collaboration server project initiated by Novell, is in jeopardy since Novell pulled staff and funding from the project, according to a Hula newsgroup posting.The Hula team examined the opportunities for the project and concluded that it wasn\u2019t worth the investment, wrote Peter Teichman, a Novell employee assigned to work on Hula,\u00a0in the posting on Tuesday. He and others who worked on Hula will take new jobs at Novell.Teichman and other contributors appear to hold out some hope that the initiative won\u2019t completely end. "We still really care about Hula ... but I think we\u2019re going to need someone from the community to take a leadership role and continue to move things forward," Teichman wrote. Hula is likely just a few months away from a first release, he said. Some of his comments, however, hint that perhaps Novell heard some of the criticism that Hula garnered when it was first announced. Hula, introduced in early 2005, was to be a collaborative calendar and mail server based on open Internet protocols such as simple mail transfer protocol (SMTP) and Internet message access protocol (IMAP). At the time, some experts wondered whether the market needed another mail server. In his posting, Teichman wrote that in his opinion, the work the Hula team has done on the Web interface is the most interesting, and\u00a0that while the Hula mail server is strong, "nearly every organization we\u2019ve talked to already has a mail infrastructure. Bringing Hula in for the Webmail means duplicating their SMTP, IMAP and POP [Post Office Protocol] setup."However, some developers involved with the creation of Hula responded to the news on the mailing list with hope that the project will continue because they see a need for an open-source integrated mail platform.-Nancy Gohring, IDG News Service (Dublin Bureau)Related Links:\n\nMicrosoft, Novell Team in Linux Deal\n\nNovell Fumes Over Ballmer\u2019s Linux ClaimsCheck out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.