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I have been trying for over a month to download the new version of Mozilla Thunderbird (Version 11)onto my computer. Every time I open my email there is a warning that the version I have going will expire on April 24th, 2012. I was able to download the new version of Thunderbird on a friend's computer but he is not on Liux. The Canonical Updates on Linux say that they are covering until April 2013. Why am I not able to download the new version of Thunderbird and do I really need to do so if the Canonical says they are providing critical updates for Mozilla Thunderbird for another year? file:///home/sandra/Desktop/CANONICAL%20UPDATES%20TIL%20AP%202013.png
If Canonical really plans to support a Mozilla applications beyond that date they have to re-brand the application, like Debian did with Iceweasel/Icedove/Iceape. I really doubt that they will do that, but we will see when the time is coming.
Anyways, you have three options to upgrade to a newer version. Either you wait a few days until Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is released and upgrade to that version, you get the newest version of Thunderbird from Mozilla's stable PPA for Thunderbird or you download the tar-package, extract it and use that version.
I am the person who was unable to update to the newest version of Thunderbird. I had version 3 and I kept getting the warning to update to version 11. I downloaded 11 and it just sat in my Download file and I tried 3 times. "The Clock is Ticking" was the warning and that my version would not be supported after April 24th. On April 24th the warning continued and I booked a tech for Friday to do the update. On Wednesday there was the usual Update Request from Ubuntu Linux for my computer. and so I updated. After that, the configuration of my email programme changed slightly. Friday, the tech came and said that I had version 11 running AND I HAD DONE NOTHING! If I had known that Thunderbird was going to update itself I would not have spent $60 for a tech to tell me. Why didn't the warning from Thunderbird say that if there was no update done by the 24th, that Thunderbird would upgrade itself? I like Thunderbird but if I ever have this problem again, I'm going to gmail. S. Libby
Distribution: OpenSUSE 13.2 64bit-Gnome on ASUS U52F
I cant believe cost $60 upgrade Thunderbird. I posted the steps for you there and you didnt even try them.
But yes Ubuntu Long Term Support updates every two years and each time comes with the latest software available out there.
Distribution: Debian Sid AMD64, Raspbian Wheezy, various VMs
The Thunderbird update will have been part of the Ubuntu update. Linux works differently to Windows in that updates are generally handled by whomever packages things for the distribution -- in this case Cannonical the company behind Ubuntu.
Unless your distribution is out lf support then you should probably let software updates happen this way and not worry about having an older version of a piece of software unless you have specific knowledge that you are under threat due to a security problem*. Unfortunately in this case it seems Thunderbird's built-in updater was set to automatically nag, which I can well understand could cause some worry.
As for downloading it, you did that just fine, but Linux isn't Windows and when you download a file it will not automatically run. In some cases your browser will give you an "open with" type dialogue but in many cases and especially with software installation you will need to follow some instructions to install the software after download.
*Of course you have to weigh up risks and there are steps you can take to mitigate any issues. For example if an update fixes a problem with HTML email you could disable that option and so on. Usually a quick google for the application and your version of Linux will give you some idea of anything to look out for.