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Old 23 August 2013, 19:54   #1

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Lightbulb BetterWB release 2.9 - 23.08.2013

BetterWB release 2.9 - 23.08.2013

BetterWB is a new workbench pack, much like AIAB, Amikit, AmigaSYS, ClassicWB, etc. but applying a totally different aproach. It aims to be much like an enhancement, an updated extension to AmigaOS 3.1, without all those hardware requirement penalties typically associated with these kind of packs. It is indeed a better 3.1 than 3.1 itself!

BetterWB best targets:

-Purists that believe anything beyond 3.1 is an overbloated piece of crap
-Low end Amiga computers that are left in storage deprived from any usage, and only regarded as antiques
-Users that refuse to pay big bucks in order to be able to somehow upgrade their Amiga workbench experience
-Minimig users, that are restricted to a 68000 processor
-Anyone that wishes a clean AmigaOS 3.1 like experience


-Works on any Amiga.
-It occupies about 8MB on a harddrive
-It is distributed as a set of floppy images
-Its usage is simple and bares a high resemblance to an ordinary 3.1 install


-No eye candy at all
-Will appear incomplete, or even a piece of dog poo for high end or heavily expanded Amiga systems (They are probably better with other workbench packs), that take care of the visual appealing components.


Any Amiga computer
Kickstart rom 3.1 (May also work under 3.0)
AmigaOS 3.1 disk set (May also work under 3.0)
About 8MB of storage space on a harddrive

What is new in this update:

-camd.library and Midiports preferences for midi supported programs
-DMS command writes and reads its floppy images from cli
-Gzip, the very popular multiplatform compressor is now included
-LZX is yet another compressor
-PFS3 All in one (now requires less memory for usage and autodetects large drives)
-SuperPlus has been updated and no longer shows the infamuos beta warning message
-TSGUI lets you read and write adf and dms floppy images with an easy to use interface
-WBStartup preferences enables you to select the commodities you want to run when workbench loads
-New commodities: DontShowIBorder (removes icon borders), ModePro (screen promotion) and MagicMenu (flying menus)
-Printfiles tool has been updated with plenty of features and an arexx port
-TagLiFE is a simple patch for the utility.library to install a
new set of optimized assembler routines to get a faster TagList support.
-Now boot in CLI mode with maximum ram to run memory demanding games and demos by booting without startup sequence and running add44k from CLI
-Text datatype was rolled back, due to printing bugs
-Lha can now adequately work under low memory condition (Thanks Dwyloc)
-Boards.library allows proper identification of Amiga hardware
-WhichAmiga replaces showconfig, as it has plenty more features
-PatchWB solves many workbench bugs
-Many minor tweaks and bugfixes

Last edited by gulliver; 23 August 2013 at 21:44.
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