Saturday, January 14, 2017

How to install Thunderbird 45.6.0 on Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10

   Thunderbird 45.6.0 is an open-source e-mail client and chat client developed by Mozilla. Among others, it has support for email addresses, newsgroup, news feed and chat (XMPP, IRC, Twitter) Client, managing multiple accounts. Also, it has support for different themes and its power can be extended by plugins.



Fixed:
  • The system integration dialog was shown every time when starting Thunderbird
  • Various security fixes

Installation instructions:

    Mozilla does not provide a repository for  Thunderbird, but the installation steps are quite easy anyway and should not create difficulties on any Linux distribution.

    The latest versions of Thunderbird are available as pre-compiled libraries via the Mozilla FTP, so we need to download the archive (i386 or i686 for 32 bit systems and amd64 or x86_64 for 64 bit systems), extract  it and run the thunderbird file. Also, it is advised to remove previous versions of Thundebird, move Thunderbird to /opt and create a symlink, for an easier usage.

How to install Thunderbird on 32 bit Linux systems:

Open terminal and insert command line...

$ wget https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/thunderbird/releases/45.6.0/linux-i686/en-US/thunderbird-45.6.0.tar.bz2

$ tar -xjvf thunderbird*.tar.bz2

$ sudo rm -rf /opt/thunderbird*

$ sudo mv thunderbird /opt/thunderbird

$ sudo ln -sf /opt/thunderbird/thunderbird /usr/bin/thunderbird

How to install Thunderbird on 64 bit Linux systems:

$ wget https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/thunderbird/releases/45.6.0/linux-x86_64/en-US/thunderbird-45.6.0.tar.bz2

$ tar -xjvf thunderbird*.tar.bz2

$ sudo rm -rf /opt/thunderbird*

$ sudo mv thunderbird /opt/thunderbird

$ sudo ln -sf /opt/thunderbird/thunderbird /usr/bin/thunderbird

To start Thunderbird, just open a terminal, type thunderbird and hit enter.

$ sudo thunderbird

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