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Installing Thunderbird on Ubuntu Hardy Heron

written by: YvetteDavis•edited by: J. F. Amprimoz•updated: 7/6/2011

Thunderbird is a versatile and customizable email client available for Linux. Thunderbird gives the user as much control over the look, feel, and functionality as they want - with add-ons, plug-ins and themes developed by Mozilla and user developers. Learn how to download and install Thunderbird.

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    Thunderbird on Ubuntu Linux

    Thunderbird is one of the most versatile email clients currently available. With add ons, plug ins and themes, you can customize Thunderbird without ever having to code a line. But, if you're into coding, it's easy to develop and share your useful add-on creations with the community at large.

    Thunderbird comes preloaded on most Ubuntu downloads and CDs. But if for some reason you need to reinstall Thunderbird, it's a simple process. The basic install of Thunderbird is just the email client. For functions like calendar, syncing with Remember the Milk, or changing the appearance of Thunderbird, you'll need to download add-ons and themes.

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    Download through GUI

    To download Thunderbird using the GUI, go to the official Mozilla Thunderbird page.download 

    The website will automatically recognize your operating system to offer the correct version of Thunderbird for your OS. Click the big green button labeled Download Thunderbird.

    When the download box appears, if you're installing immediately, select Open with Archive Manager. If you're downloading for a future install, select Save File. Click Ok. Download will take about one minute, depending on your connection speed.

    archive manager 

    Open your command terminal and use the following commands to compile and install:

    cd/ name/of/file/where/thunderbird/extracted

    ./configure

    make

    su enter password at prompt

    make

    install

    Close the command terminal.

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    Download & Install Through Command Terminal

    Open your Command Terminal and type the following commands:

    sudo apt-get update - This command updates your repository list.

    sudu apt-get install thunderbird - This command downloads and installs the latest version of Thunderbird from the repository.

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    Updates

    Typically, there is no reason to worry about updating Thunderbird. Your update manager will check the repositories for updates at the frequency you've designated. Updates, patches and bug fixes will be downloaded and installed with your other updates.

    Like most Mozilla applications, you have the option to download nightly builds. These updates require installation by hand, and often require tweaking to work correctly, which is why they're only recommended for Thunderbird and Linux power users.

Thunderbird for Ubuntu Hardy Heron

In this series, we'll explore how to install and set up Thunderbird, find, install and configure add-ons, hacks & tips specific to Ubuntu Linux, and even how to develop and submit your own add-ons.
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