|Workbench 3.9, versions 45.1, 45.2, 45.3 (Kickstart version 45.057)
|Initial release date: December 4, 2000 (World of Amiga, Koln/Cologne)Boing Bag 1 released: March 31, 2001
Boing Bag 2 released: March 20, 2002
NDK released: January 7, 2002
|Shipped with: No known Amiga system(s); available as a standalone upgrade|
|Major enhancements (click here for the full list):
- Multimedia programs (MP3 player, AVI and QT player, new CD player).
- Web browser AWEB 3.4 SE (new version).
- Genesis (full Internet and network access).
- AmiDOCK (new program start bar).
- WarpOS 5.0 (new version).
- IomegaTools (for Zip and Jaz).
- New powerful Shell (with extensive prefs).
- Automatic datatype recognition.
- Integrated unpacker (LhA, Lzx, DMS, Zip, and more).
- Fast search (search for, and within, files).
- New picture datatype (PPC-optimized).
- Many new Tools (AslPrefs, new Info requester, new watch, font cache, new color wheel, etc.).
- Extensive HTML documentation (in English and German).
The above information can be found here (Haage & Partner's website).
AmigaOS 3.9 Logo
|Descriptions and Part Numbers|
- "Do You Know The Way To San José" string inside the libs:workbench.library file and "God Only Knows" string inside the C:IPrefs file written by Olaf Barthel referring to a Beach Boys song. Contributed by Ignacio.
- The Hungarian text string "Szeress engem - Csak annyira, hogy - Érezzem, hogy - Nem vagyok egyedül" - Rony in ACTION 45.3 (by Laszlo Torok, author of the MooViD/ACTION video player) is a reference to a pop song from the Hungarian singer Rony. Contributed by Ignacio.
- The text string "Thanks to Nessy for some very useful code!" is written in the AmigaOS ROM Update 45.057 by Angela Schmidt. Contributed by Ignacio.
- In addition, a purple dragon mouse pointer replaces the normal OS pointer in the Amiga Early Startup Control Screen (boot menu) when the AmigaOS system date is set to March 30th; no specific year is required. (click thumbnail for larger image). Mark Knibbs notes that this may have been the work of Angela Schmidt, whose nickname is/was Nessie. Apparently the dragon image was used as a mouse pointer in one of her programs.
Also, Stefan Robl notes that there's an Easter Egg in AmiDock; here's how to view it:
- Ensure that your Workbench screen size is equal to, or larger than, 800x600 and that the screen titlebar is enabled.
- Quit AmiDock.
- Open a Shell and type the following:
- AmiDock should now have launched.
- Activate the Shell window and place the mouse pointer over the workbench title bar.
- Now press the shortcut "Ctrl + E" exactly seven times in sequence and watch what happens... ;)
- The Official OS 3.9 FAQ is now online with information about mailing lists, known bugs/solutions, and more. A third-party HTML review of OS 3.9 is also available.
- The first 75 copies of OS 3.9 released were signed by Petro Tyschtschenko.
- A printed manual for OS 3.9 called "Das Buch" (meaning "The Book") will be on sale the same day 3.9 is released (currently only in German).
- Considering its time constraints, OS 3.9 will have had the shortest beta-test period of all AmigaOS releases.
- Bill McEwen has obviously provided the financing for AmigaOS 3.9 as the sales for AmigaOS 3.5 were not enough on their own to allow this next step up. Thanks Bill!