Workbench Release 2.1, v38.36

Release date: November/December 1992 New software only
Shipped with: Amiga 600, available as update
Major enhancements:
  • Dynamic localisation of programs to different languages and locale
  • Faster asl.library
  • Addition of screenmode requester
  • Improved stability
  • Included CrossDOS for easy transfer of MS-DOS and Amiga files
  • New preferences editors
  • Motorola 68040 compatible
  • Included Postscript Printer Driver
  • Support for multiple serial and parallel preferences
  • Reduced memory usage
Click here for an .lha-compressed text file list of changes in 2.1

Screenshots/pics:

OS3 directory structure in DEVS: visible.

Comp. Logo

Hidden messages: same as Workbench 2.04
Media information:

Descriptions & Part Numbers

Five (FFS) DS/DD diskettes
Amiga Workbench
Version 2.1
PN: 370167-01
Amiga Extras
Version 2.1
PN: 370168-01
Amiga Fonts
Version 2.1
PN: 370169-01
Locale
Version 2.1
PN: 370170-01
Install Disk
Version 2.1
PN: 370166-01
Amiga
Workbench
Version 2.1
English/French/German
PN: 370155-01
Amiga Extras
Version 2.1
International
PN: 370159-01
Amiga Fonts
Version 2.1
International
PN: 370160-01
Locale
Version 2.1
International
PN: 370172-01
Install Disk
Version 2.1
PN: 370166-02
Notes/comments:
  1. Commodore discontinued licensing the Amiga's speech software from SoftVoice, Inc., so (officially) beginning with this release, the "Say" program, DEVS:narrator.device, and LIBS:translator.library were no longer included on the Workbench disks. According to Matt Sealey, the guys who designed translator and narrator had a spat with Commodore, much like William Hawes did (ARexx), so Commodore had to withdraw it from the OS distribution. Commodore may also have discontinued licensing it to cut costs, as the software was not used much. The differences between v.33 and v.37 of the speech software are: the quality of the output was greatly enhanced, and the device now offered finer control of the speech controlling parameters.
  2. Starting with 2.1, the initial AmigaDOS window opening on bootup was discontinued (this makes use of a Kickstart 2.x ROM feature.) Apparently when booting from disk, the diskette requires a special bootblock to enable this feature.