Workbench ßeta 3.1.x (Workbench 40.43, 40.xx; Kickstart 40.72, 40.xx)

ßeta phase: In development/beta testing Updates to the official Commore-Amiga OS 3.1
Enhancements:

Bugfix update for AmigaOS Workbench 3.1 (40.43) from Hyperion Entertainment:

Brussels, October 25, 2016

Hyperion is pleased to announce the immediate availability of an update to the recently released AmigaOS Workbench 3.1 (40.43) to address a few reported issues.

Registered customers can download the free update from the restricted download area on the Hyperion Entertainment website, new customers will automatically get the fixed version via our fulfillment partner avangate.

Changes:

  • FIXED: The AmigaOS Workbench disk image was not bootable.
  • FIXED: The installation script could wrongly copy the contents of the Install disk into FONTS:

Kickstart 3.1 (40.72) for desktop Amigas from Hyperion Entertainment:

Updated Kickstart 3.1 (40.72) for Amiga 500/600/1200/2000/3000/4000(T) computers, including a free copy of Kickstart 1.3 as a bonus. These images can be used in emulation software as well as written to real EEPROM chips and used in real Amiga computers.

This is the first test release which bears version number 40.72. It contains the following new components:

  • exec.library 40.12
    • Updated the copyright information text. Fixed a small bug in the memory pools code which mirrors the same bug fix in the same code that was used in amiga.lib.
  • strap 40.3
    • The Boingball logo replaces the rainbow-coloured checkmark logo. Slightly brighter background colour.
  • workbench.library 40.6
    • Rebuilt with SAS/C 6.59 in order to free up more ROM space because the copyright text in the updated exec.library. No other functional changes.
  • scsi.device 40.21 for A600
    • Small bug fix to the IDE task initialization, which now makes it possible to use it on the A600. Older Kickstart ROMs would use scsi.device version 39, because unlike version 40, it did not crash on the A600.
  • scsi.device 40.21 for A1200
    • Same binary as used for the A600.

Updated AmigaOS 3.1 Work In Progress! by Thomas Richter and Olaf Barthel:

So what's all new then? Not so much, but we have...

  • Fast File System (FFS) with native 64-bit support for NSD, TD64 and direct SCSI, long file names and resizable media support and... bug fixes.
  • CrossDOS with native 64-bit support for NSD, TD64, and direct SCSI support; long file names and resizable media support and a new mfm.device... with bug fixes.
  • Format, DiskCopy and HDToolBox with 64-bit support based on NSD, TD64 and direct SCSI support and... bug fixes.
  • C:Mount for large media, direct SCSI support and resizable removable media.
  • Working soft links for the RAM disk and the Fast File System. ...which are more bug fixes.
  • Shell tools with long filename support, softlinks, and large media support... and bug fixes...
  • Math libraries that reconfigure themselves when an FPU becomes available after loading... did I mention bug fixes?
  • A Dir command with nicely-formatted output and guess what: bug fixes.
  • Shell with native support for pipes.
  • New Workbench that also copies links... and more bug fixes.
  • CPU command with 68060 support... and also bug fixes here.
  • exec.library that no longer dies on a 68060... and bug fixes...
  • SetPatch, without NSDPatch and ROMUpdates (you won't need it anymore).
  • intuition with off-screen window dragging.
  • Celebrate the retirement of the last piece of BCPL code in AmigaOS: The Aux-Handler is now completely in C. ...and has bugs fixed.
  • Did I mention bug fixes? Here are more:
    • audio.device
    • asl.library
    • Compugraphic fonts: bullet.library and IntelliFont program
    • diskfont and fixfonts
    • icon.library
    • iffparse.library
    • installer
    • iprefs
    • locale
    • parallel.device and serial.device
    • ramlib and ramdrive
    • rexxsyslib
    • scsi.device
    • speak-handler
    • Sys:Utilities/More
    • and more.
  • And a few good friends could join the party: the V45 layers.library, the V45 execute command, and a V46 Shell.

Stay Tuned For More News!

Hyperion Entertainment CVBA


AmigaOS update: Further details to AmigaOS 3.1.4 from amiga-news.de, March 29, 2018:

  • The update will include a new version of "DiskDoktor" which "examine the contents of the volume, looking for defects and copying the contents of the directory tree to a different volume." Large volumes and long file names are supported. The new version of DiskDoktor only requires one megabyte dealing with a one gigabyte partition, and eight megabytes for an eight gigabyte partition.
  • A replacement for the CD file system CDFS: A backport of the CD file system of of AmigaOS 4 (currently without supporting mixed-mode CDs, UDF, HFS and HFS-plus) which supports the new mount options "NoNSD", "DirectSCSI" and "SuperFloppy". Besides, "Mask", "Maxtransfer" and "BufMemType" are honoured.
  • "CrossDOS now also supports long file names, FAT32, FAT24 and FAT16." CrossDOS as well as the new CDFS now are multithreaded, that means they do not freeze the Workbench any longer while working.
  • Obviously the Workbench developed by Olaf Barthel from AmigaOS 3.5+ is used—or at least part of it: Thomas Richter mentioned that replacements for the prefs programs of Workbench and ASL have to be used since Reaction was removed.
  • The programs MagTape and Edit were removed from the distribution. Edit "suffered from several bugs and limitations".
  • workbench.library and icon.library "are already too large to fit into the ROMs", so they will be on disks. They will also take more RAM, "so that there is less left on the low-end machines. It will probably not work with 512K alone."
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