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Email disaster with Opera, Plan B: Thunderbird

Posted 12-30-2012 at 09:38 AM by flshope

After loosing my email history to some failure associated with the Opera email client, I have not yet decided to attempt a recovery using Opera. If it happened once, it will happen again. I prefer Opera as a browser, but I have soured on its email client.

So, as I mentioned previously, I decided to implement Thunderbird as my primary email client. Thunderbird has some official status with Ubuntu in the sense that it is a part of the standard Ubuntu installation and they provide reliable updates as needed. Opera is not part of the Ubuntu standard installation or part of Ubuntu's repository. However, Opera can be maintained easily using Ubuntu's Software Center.

I did have considerable difficulty getting Thunderbird to work with my email provider, Concentric (, which is why I didn't implement it when I first moved to Ubuntu in Sep 2011. I had chosen the Opera email client initially because it seemed to be working already. After the Opera failure, and with help from a smart and competent lady at Concentric, I got Thunderbird configured and it worked. I think my working configuration settings may be peculiar to Concentric, so I won't post details here unless someone wants to see them (let me know).

I have been using Thunderbird for about a month now and have had no problems. Of course, Opera email client worked for a year with no problems. So I will continue to monitor Thunderbird. I am, at least, backing up .thunderbird, which I hadn't been doing with .opera.
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