Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thunderbird 9 Released, Available in the Stable PPA

Thunderbird 9 was released one day ago and is already available in the 'thunderbird-stable' PPA. This PPA is used to install the newer versions of Thunderbird in Ubuntu Lucid, Maverick and Natty, whereas for Oneiric, newer versions of Thunderbird come via the official repositories, where Thunderbird 9 hasn't arrived yet and might take a couple of hours/days to get there.

Thunderbird 9 is based on the Mozilla Gecko Engine 9 and includes these improvements:
  • New opt-in system for users to send performance and usability data back to Mozilla to improve future versions of Thunderbird
  • Additional support for Personas in the compose and address book windows
  • Better keyboard handling for attachments
  • Windows users can hide the menu bar (and show it with the "alt" key)
  • Several user interface fixes and improvements
  • Fixed several security issues
Complete Changelog:

Lucid, Maverick and Natty Installation

If you've already added the 'thunderbird-stable' PPA to your Software Sources, all you need to do to get Thunderbird 9 is to install the updates via the Update Manager. If you haven't added this PPA yet, get to a Terminal and run:

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

If you haven't installed Thunderbird yet, just replace the last command above with:

sudo apt-get install thunderbird


Oneiric Installation

Thunderbird 9 will soon be available in the official repositories for Oneiric. You can keep an eye on it by visiting the link below:

If you don't want to wait for Thunderbird 9 being available in the official repositories and need a faster approach, consider using Ubuntuzilla:

Install Lightning Extension (Calendar)

The Lightning extension is now included in the official Thunderbird tarball package offered by Mozilla. But in Ubuntu you need to install it manually if you want so, from the same repositories you also install Thunderbird itself from, as mentioned above. So after installing Thunderbird itself, just run this command in the Terminal:

sudo apt-get install lightning-extension

Other Linux

If you are using some other Linux, take a look at 'Other Linux' instruction from the link below and replace '6.0' with '9.0' in your commands:

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