Where are we going today?

I guess my first order of business this month should be to say "goodbye" to OS/2 Computing! Magazine -- but "hello" to 32 Bits Online Magazine. As many of you know, Medullas Publishing announced a short time ago that, after this month (September, 1997), they would cease publishing OS/2 Computing! as an OS/2-only magazine and change the name to the more general, "32 Bits Online Magazine".

In a way, this is sad, because many people felt that OS/2 Computing! was a valuable source of OS/2 information. In the past, other magazines dedicated to OS/2 have chosen to cease publishing and I have been personally disappointed each and every time. One of OS/2 Computing!'s own contributors said it best in that magazine's pages this month:

But nonetheless, we are one of the only remaining OS/2-dedicated magazines, whether on-line or print, and it's sad to see yet another sector of the computer media shift its focus away from OS/2.

- John L. Berger

But, on the brighter side of things, Medullas has not chosen to cease publication, and they have not chosen to forsake OS/2. While they may have expanded their focus, as John says, they still remain firmly committed to OS/2, according to editor and publisher, Ronny Ko, and as OS/2 users, we are all appreciative of that. Medullas plans to continue to review OS/2 products as well as products for other platforms, which they feel will expose a wider audience to OS/2.

Because of OS/2 Computing!'s name change though, I've been receiving many letters asking about Haligonian Media's commitment to OS/2 e-Zine!. So I would like to reassure the entire OS/2 community that Haligonian Media remains completely committed to OS/2. We will continue to publish OS/2 e-Zine! and it will remain, as it has always been, an OS/2-only magazine. And we have lots of great ideas for even more expanded OS/2 coverage in the months to come!

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And being an OS/2-only magazine, we're all very excited about a brand new service that OS/2 e-Zine! and the OS/2 Supersite introduced recently: the WarpCast News Service.

I won't go into too much detail here (partly because our Technical Editor, Ryan Dill, has the complete scoop in this month's "News from the OS/2 World"). But do stop by the WarpCast home page and have a look. It is our goal to provide the OS/2 Community with the most timely, comprehensive and unbiased news source in the world and we welcome your suggestions to make sure we succeed.

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Finally, in this issue, Brad Wardell, CEO of Stardock Systems, wraps up his three part series, OS/2: Past, Present, Future. This last installment is especially thought provoking and is a must read for all OS/2 users who want to know what the future holds for OS/2 and, more importantly, if there is any way we can guide that future.

Brad raises some interesting ideas in his article. He suggests (and I believe, as do many end-users of OS/2) that the time has come for us to take action.

Does OS/2 have a rosy future? Does OS/2 have any future? Only time will tell, but as of today, I can tell you two things with absolute certainty:

Haligonian Media, OS/2 e-Zine! and I all remain firmly committed and as enthusiastic about OS/2 as we have ever been and I believe that OS/2 does have a future.

How about you?

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