What you downloaded is the source code of thunderbird. In order to install the
Program, you would have to compile it (translate the source code into machine code)
and put the binaries in the right places and and and.....
Forget about the *.tar.gz file -it's a tarball.
Use this only if you really, really want to compile Thunderbird from source!!
So about rpms:
RedHatPacketManager - it is a installer similar to setup.exe for windos, that contains
all the files needed for installation.
BUT handle with care. You have to download the right *.rpm for
1. Your distribution (Fedora core 3)
2. Your Processor type (CPU):
and x86_64 those are the new 64 bit cpus
if you are not sure, it is i*68, take the highest if available(i686)
(if it was not, you would be too much of a tech geek not to know this ;-))
There are rpms that contain the sourcecode!! called *.src.rpm or similar.
Do not use them either. Unless you want the source code (?), no you do not!.
So as an example go to
search for 'thunderbird'
choose Fedora core as your Distribution
choose cpu type (i368 is only available)
scroll down until you see Fedora core 3
choose thunderbird in the highest version available
Make sure that you didnt get the *.src.rpm ;-)
control: the file you should get is called
I allready saw both of the things you are looking for ;-) .
Go to the folder where you saved it,
then click once on it (enter your root password) and *tata* you're almost done.
alternatively you can run it from commandline:
rpm -Uvh '/wheretherpmis/thunderbird-1.0.7-1.1.fc3 .i386.rpm'
Same for thunderbird
if you still want to compile the package, look for a file called Install or readme.
You should have installed a compiler(gcc) and some development tools (eg automake) first.
All in all if you want to play, compile it. If you want to use it, take the *.rpm ;-)
Ps: you should consider, that it is much faster to take the rpm to install than to compile
everything on your own.