Importing Thunderbird settings from Portable Apps Thunderbird
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I don't see any real problems, as long as you copied everything at once. The profiles are basically the same no matter what the system.
The only thing that's really different about portable apps is that all the settings and extensions are configured to work only from inside the application directory, and not to touch anything outside of it (when at all possible). Intensive operations like caching are also disabled or highly restricted to reduce the number of write commands.
So other than maybe reconfiguring some of your settings, I'd say you're fine. It might be a different question if you want to continue to keep the new setup in sync with the portable one. But there are probably extensions that can help you there.
Distribution: Kubuntu 12.04, Suse 10, 9.3, Ubuntu netbook remix, Windows xp, Windows 2000, Ubuntu 8 on desktop
I keep it portable
Hi Zensunni, if it gives you any more confidence, I switch between Windows thunderbird and Ubuntu thunderbird all the time, though only with the Thunderbird 2.X so far. In a month or so I will check to see if Thunderbird 3 also works ok. I keep all my mail on a micro SD card which I carry with me. At home it plugs into WindowsXP and on the road into Ubuntu. I simply point both thunderbirds to the relevant mount name for the device.
The only thing I have noticed is some rebuilding of some index or other; I guess that the indices are not compatible. I have not noticed any end-user consequence of that. I hope that helps.