Since my exodus yesterday from Mutt I have installed and am playing with Thunderbird 2 for email. So far I don’t hate it like I did 1.5, but we’re still in the test stages. We’ll see how it all turns out. In any event I wanted to share with you how I installed Thunderbird 2 manually since it is not yet in the Ubuntu repositories.
- Download Thunderbird 2. (Save to disk)
- sudo tar -C /opt -zxvf ~/Desktop/thunderbird-*
- sudo ln -s /opt/thunderbird/thunderbird /usr/local/bin/thunderbird
- create a menu item: sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/thunderbird.desktop
[Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8
Comment=Thunderbird Mail Client
Enjoy the latest build while we wait for the official package to come down the pipe. You can be sure I’ll keep you updated on my thoughts on Thunderbird 2.
The Ubuntu Wiki has similar instructions and also contains details on having the repository version and the manually installed version side by side. See “Thunderbird New Version“.