Can anyone enlighten me as to why the only way to authenticate to SSH
running on Netware is via the Netware password? What is the point of
having SSH then? Since I am running on Vmware inside a Linux box, I was
hoping to do some password-less ssh sessions (using public key from
connecting host into the authorized_keys file on NW).

I see it stated in the docs, but am I missing anything that could make
this possible?