Workbench Release 2.1, version 38.36

Release date: November/December 1992

Shipped with: Amiga 600s.

Media: New software only (usable on either Kickstarts 2.04 or 2.05). Available in two kits for all other Amiga models: 2.04 ROM, software and manuals (P/N: AS215); or software and manuals (P/N: AS216).

Major enhancements:

  • Added: CrossDOS for easy transfer of MS-DOS and Amiga files.
  • Added: Dynamic localisation of programs to different languages and locale.
  • Added: Postscript printer driver.
  • Added: New Preferences editors.
  • Added: Standard screenmode requester.
  • Added: Support for 68040 CPUs via the CPU and SetPatch commands (ShowConfig was also now 68040-aware). The 68040.library (either v37.10 or v37.30) was still distributed separately until Workbench 3.0 (Install disk, "libs" directory).
  • Added: Support for high-density (1.76 MB) floppy disk drives.
  • Added: Support for multiple serial and parallel preferences.
  • Improved: Faster asl.library.
  • Improved: Overall OS stability.
  • Improved: Reduced memory usage.

Two official versions of the release notes are available: Developer | User.

Example diskette(s):


AmigaOS 3.x-style directory structure visible in DEVS:.

Compatibility Logos
(note revised version on right)

Hidden messages: same as Workbench 2.04
Media information:
Descriptions and 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
Version 2.1
PN: 370170-01
Install Disk
Version 2.1
PN: 370166-01
68040 Support Library
PN: 370173-03
Version 2.1
PN: 370155-01
Amiga Extras
Version 2.1
PN: 370159-01
Amiga Fonts
Version 2.1
PN: 370160-01
Version 2.1
PN: 370172-01
Install Disk
Version 2.1
PN: 370166-02
  1. Diskdoctor was officially removed with this release (for 'malpractice').
  2. Commodore discontinued licensing the Amiga's speech software from SoftVoice, Inc., so while narrator.device and translator.libray were removed in v37.72 (2.05), officially (non-secretly) beginning with 2.1, 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.
    • The device now offered finer control of the speech-controlling parameters.
  3. 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.