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January 24, 2007

Install native Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0 beta 2 on Ubuntu

Filed under: Mozilla, Tuxicity, Ubuntu — tuxicity @ 1:45 pm

Download the Thunderbird package from this ftp-folder.
Extract the package in Nautilus; rightclick, extract here…..
Move the extracted folder to /usr/local/ :
Open your terminal and do :

sudo mv /path/to/thunderbird /usr/local/

To make thunderbird executable with the command “thunderbird” do (one line):

sudo ln -s /usr/local/thunderbird/thunderbird /usr/local/bin/thunderbird

If you wish to add the new thunderbird to your menu open alacarte with the command “alacarte”:
Select internet , then new item, name it Thunderbird or Thunderbird2.0 if you wish to run it next to the official ubuntu package.
Command is thunderbird.
Click the no icon button and select the thunderbird icon from here: /usr/local/thunderbird/icons
Click ok and make your selection.

Not happy with the new thunderbird ?

sudo rm -rf /usr/local/thunderbird/
sudo rm /usr/local/bin/thunderbird

Remove it from your menu with alacarte.

Tuxicity .



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    Pingback by Thunderbird 2 Beta 2 and Phishing. « Tuxicity’s source — February 4, 2007 @ 5:06 pm

  2. Hi followed this to get thunderbird installed, now when I try to use I get a error:- Failed to execute child process “thunderbird” (Permission denied) how do I fix this, permission’s appear ok!

    Comment by madsurfer — February 26, 2007 @ 1:59 pm

  3. madsurfer:
    On this site you can download a script to install Thunderbird 2.0b2
    It also explains how to use it, maybe this works better for you.

    Good luck and let me know if it worked 🙂

    Comment by tuxicity — February 26, 2007 @ 3:33 pm

  4. Hi, thnx for the script. I installed it but it didn’t update my 1.5 install… Is there a way to update/upgrade my ‘old’ 1.5. Don’t wanna loose my mail u now.
    Any help would be appreciated. 🙂

    Comment by Pippen — March 2, 2007 @ 5:45 pm

  5. Pippen, its unlikely you can upgrade to Thunderbird 2.0 Beta in Ubuntu unless someone makes a .deb for it.
    Probably Ubuntu will add Thunderbird 2.0, as soon as its stable, in the upcoming (development) version and perhaps in the backports repository of the current version.

    Comment by tuxicity — March 2, 2007 @ 6:37 pm

  6. Hey, thanx for the quick reply. I’ll just wait until the final release.

    Comment by Pippen — March 2, 2007 @ 7:05 pm

  7. I normally see people putting things like Firefox/Thunderbird in /opt/thunderbird. I guess it doesn’t really matter, though.

    Comment by Jeremy — May 3, 2007 @ 1:26 am

  8. Hi, I’ve installed Mozilla Thunderbird on several ubuntu-machines now, and i’ve done this like this :

    – download it
    – extract it in your home-dir
    – create an icon for it
    – make a symlink : ln -s ~/.mozilla-thunderbird ~/.thunderbird
    (the old 1.5 uses ~/.mozilla-thunderbird for settings,
    the new one uses ~/.thunderbird)

    and that’s it!
    The advantage of putting the Mozilla Thunderbird “application folder” in your home-dir, is that now automatic updates are possible. This is not possible when installing it as “root” in /opt/ or
    /usr/local/ etc.

    Comment by albinootje — June 10, 2007 @ 9:04 am

  9. Thanks so much! Very clear instructions that ‘just worked.’ I really appreciate it.

    Comment by Jonathan Cohen — March 12, 2009 @ 9:43 pm

  10. I downloaded thunderbird to /home/al and tried to extract by (similar to what worked for firefox): tar xjf thunderbird- but got (stdn) is not a bzip2 file. My ability to work in terminal is VERY limited…. Thanks, Al

    Comment by al eggen — April 3, 2009 @ 3:39 pm

  11. Partly solved my own problem. Just extracted the .tar.gz via the file browser then opened it from terminal with ~/thunderbird/thunderbird. Now I just need a link and icon.

    Comment by al eggen — April 4, 2009 @ 8:14 pm

  12. It worked very well. The best instruction online by far, in my point of view.

    Comment by roddy — April 7, 2009 @ 9:43 am

  13. One more way: Went to add/remove under applications (ubunu – which I’m new to), found thunderbird, checked it and now I have 2 versions installed in different places. I still don’t have an icon for the new version but it is listed under applications>internet.

    Comment by al eggen — April 7, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

  14. Nice one from tuxicity. Been years since I worked with Unix (about 15) and I was a tad rusty. Windows 7 and Vista have sent me back. Ubuntu is SO much easier than the SCO systems I used to administer.
    Thanks for the idiot-proof

    Comment by Nigel Goode — November 3, 2009 @ 8:04 am

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