Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Thunderbird 6 Stable Released, Ubuntu / Linux Installation

Thunderbird 6 was also released today, the same day when Firefox 6 was released. There were quite a few changes in this new version including:
  • Thunderbird 6 is based on the new Mozilla Gecko 6 engine
  • Default mail client check now works with newer Linux distributions
  • Various other user interface fixes and improvements
  • Numerous platform fixes that improve speed, performance, stability and security

Ubuntu Installation

Packages for all the current versions of Ubuntu, including Lucid, Maverick and Natty, are available through the 'thunderbird-stable' PPA. For installation, go to a Terminal and run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/thunderbird-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install thunderbird

Upgrade

If you already have Thunderbird installed and want to upgrade it, instead run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/thunderbird-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

PPA: https://launchpad.net/~mozillateam/+archive/thunderbird-stable

Other Linux

If you are running some other Linux than Ubuntu and its derivatives, you can download the tar.gz package from Mozilla's FTP servers. To do so, go to a Terminal and run:

Download

Download for 32-bit Users:

wget ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/releases/6.0/linux-i686/en-US/thunderbird-6.0.tar.bz2

Download for 64-bit Users:

wget ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/releases/6.0/linux-x86_64/en-US/thunderbird-6.0.tar.bz2

Temporary Solution:

As a temporary solution, you can follow these commands for extracting and running Thunderbird from the downloaded archive:

tar -xvjf thunderbird-6.0.tar.bz2
cd thunderbird
./thunderbird

Permanent Solution:

As a permanent solution, you can extract the Thunderbird files into the '/opt' directory and creat a symbolic link which would let you run Thunderbird from the existing launchers as well.

To extract it, run this command from a Terminal:

sudo tar -xvjf thunderbird-6.0.tar.bz2 -C /opt

Backup your existing Thunderbird executable:

sudo mv /usr/bin/thunderbird /usr/bin/thunderbird-old

Create the symbolic link to the new Thunderbird executable:

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

Now you can run Thunderbird from the existing launchers as well.

If you want to revert to your previous, distribution supported version, run:

sudo mv /usr/bin/thunderbird-old /usr/bin/thunderbird

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