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Old 02-13-2010, 05:07 PM   #1
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installing thunderbird 2.xxx under ubuntu 9.xxx


I have installed thunderbird under ubuntu 9.xxx before and it worked fine and was easy to install. I recently did a clean install and naturally lost thunderbird. I am trying to install it again with no luck. Seeing that the latest version, 3.xxx is not yet packaged for ubuntu I decided to install an earlier version and wait until 3.xxx is packaged so it would be easier. I did try 3.xxx a little but changed my mind since it was definitly harder than I remember earlier versions to install. Could anyone suggest an easier installing version.
I have worked successfully with aptget and synaptic without to much trouble.
One disadvantage I have right now is again I can not get a terminal working through the accessary menu. All I get is a white screen with no prompt and nothing showing when I type. I use exit typed blind and I do get out of it so I assume it is working partially but being blind is a BIG problem. On an earlier install of 9.xxx it did start working as it should. Currently I go to recovery via the grub startup mode to get a root terminal.
 
Old 02-13-2010, 06:47 PM   #2
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It's always safest to install from the repositories! Thunderbird-3 is not all it's cracked up to be, and it may not even work in Ubuntu Karmic (which is why it prob'ly isn't in their repos yet). Open Synaptic, Reload it, then scroll down to Thunderbird and Mark for Installation. Click Apply. Close Synaptic when it's finished. Done.

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Old 02-14-2010, 01:32 AM   #3
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Why mess with the package manager at all? Just download Thunderbird from Mozilla, extract, then create a menu shortcut. Done.

Thunderbird 3.0 works great.
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.1.7) Gecko/20100111 Lightning/1.0b1 Thunderbird/3.0.1 ThunderBrowse/3.2.8.1
 
Old 02-14-2010, 05:20 AM   #4
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Why mess with the package manager at all?
Be cause under Ubuntu, software from outside the safety of Ubuntu's repositories are a crap shoot which may or may not work.

The OP uses Ubuntu, so I tailored by response to that fact. Especially because the folks at Canonical and in their forums strongly urge their users to install software only from the repos.

I also could have referred the OP to the Terminal:

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apt-get install thunderbird
-Robin
 
Old 02-14-2010, 05:30 AM   #5
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Because under Ubuntu, software from outside the safety of Ubuntu's repositories are a crap shoot which may or may not work.
That pretty much applies to Ubuntu in general. :P
A Single Command to Install Thunderbird 3 in Ubuntu http://www.kabatology.com/12/09/a-si...d-3-in-ubuntu/

Or use the daily repo.
Ubuntu Blog: Howto Install Thunderbird 3 (Beta) On Ubuntu - http://www.ubuntu-inside.me/2009/08/...3-beta-on.html
 
Old 02-14-2010, 08:13 AM   #6
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Well that was very interesting and almost to easy. Almost because I have two expected things to get straight yet. One is the system so far has an anoying defect you might find amusing. There are random 1/2 inch windows that appear on the screen that appear to be displaying what is on the window below the current top level. I am slowly finding out that this same thing causes my terminal and such as the required password to be blank white and proper sized. In this case I assumed what I needed to type blindly was the password to fully open synaptec. It worked.
Two was also expected. I need to get my accounf servers and password things correct. I always have trouble with that part but do get it fixed.
The first problem, blank white screen with no echo, was making things difficult. The only way I could get a propper terminal is or was to restart and go into recovery mode where I could easily drop to a root terminal.
Thanks for the help. This question is solved as far as it could go. Oh, I can't spell check because the window is the wrong size and right now can't be changed or moved.
 
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