Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Firefox 12 and Thunderbird 12 Released - Ubuntu Installation

Just when there is a lot of hype about the new Ubuntu 12.04 release, Firefox 12 and Thunderbird 12 are also out, but not yet in the official repositories of Ubuntu, they should be there in the next couple of hours or days, respectively.

Firefox

Firefox 12 is mainly focused on developer tool improvements, featuring almost 100 of them. There isn't anything to say on changes in the user interface in this version. However, the Windows version of it has introduced a 'silent updates' feature. For the complete release notes, please see here:

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/12.0/releasenotes/


Ubuntu Installation

Firefox 12 isn't in the official repositories yet, but it would be there probably in the next couple of hours. Users of Ubuntu Lucid, Natty, Oneiric and Precise can update to Firefox 12 by simply using the Update Manager or by running these commands from a Terminal:

Update 4/26/2012: Except for Precise, Firefox 12 is now available in the official repositories.
Update 4/27/2012: Firefox is now available in the official repositories of Precise also.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

You can check if Firefox 12 is available in the official repositories for your Ubuntu version by visiting this link:

http://packages.ubuntu.com/search?keywords=firefox

Thunderbird

Thunderbird 12 brings several security fixes, more detailed Global Search results, and improvements to the RSS feed subscription and handling. For the complete release notes, please see here:

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/12.0/releasenotes

Ubuntu Installation

Update 5/5/2012: To our very great surprise, and without any preceding announcement whatsoever, Thunderbird 12 has just been released to the official repositories of all current Ubuntu versions! So at least as of now, you don't need to add the below mentioned Stable PPA to the Software Sources of any Ubuntu version to get the latest Thunderbird version! And that hasn't been updated anyway, now it seems like that was due to the change we have just witnessed. We hope to get an official announcement about that change any time soon, as it would be indeed great if it stayed like this, similar to how Firefox is handled now since some months.

Users of Ubuntu Lucid and Natty need to upgrade using the Stable PPA. Thunderbird 12 isn't yet available in that PPA and you might need to wait for a couple of days. You can check that by visiting the PPA's page linked to below. We'll also update this post when the packages are available.

If you have already added the Stable PPA to your Software Sources, you can simply use the Update Manager to update to Thunderbird 12 or run these commands from a Terminal:


sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

If you haven't added that PPA to your Software Sources yet and want to install Thunderbird, get to a Terminal and run:


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

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


Users of all the current versions of Ubuntu can get Thunderbird 12 via the official Ubuntu repositories. It is already available there. Just update your system using Update Manager, or from a Terminal:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

You can check if Thunderbird 12 is available in the official repositories for your Ubuntu release by visiting this link:

http://packages.ubuntu.com/search?keywords=thunderbird

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