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1.8) What are the differences between RISC OS 3.7 and RISC OS 3.8/4?




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This article is from the comp.sys.acorn FAQ, by Paul Vigay with numerous contributions by others.

1.8) What are the differences between RISC OS 3.7 and RISC OS 3.8/4?

RISC OS 3.8 was a developmental version of RISC OS 4 released to developers just before the closure of Acorn's Workstation division and cancellation of the Phoebe project. It was code-named Ursula (which is the name of Phoebe's twin sister in Friends!).

It has now been completed by the newly formed RISCOS Ltd and RISC OS 4 is the first new version of RISC OS to be released by a company other than Acorn, A comprehensive list of features was released onto their own web site during April 1999. This can be obtained from http://www.riscos.com/risc_os_4/Features.html

In a nutshell some of the major new features are:

* Performance Enhancements

* New Disc format brings new features, improved performance and more disc space.

* Redesigned icon set

* Faster/Easier configuration and !Boot

* New screen saver system

* 'Lazy Task Swapping'

* Improved applications including a new !Writer appliction for simple word processing and !Taborca - an Adobe PDF creator.

 

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