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Mozilla Thunderbird 3.0

Mozilla Thunderbird 3.0 was released 2 days ago and it includes a lot of improvements, such as:

  • New Search with Advanced Filtering Tools
  • New Global Search Field with Autocomplete
  • New Mail Account Setup Wizard
  • Redesigned Mail Toolbar
  • Tabbed Email Messages
  • Smart Folders
  • New Message Summary View
  • New Add-ons Manager
  • Performance improvements
  • and many more

You are probably used to the fact that Mozilla doesn't yet release Ubuntu .deb packages yet, but there are still quite a few ways of installing Thunderbird in Ubuntu. I am going to tell you how to install it from the Mozilla Daily PPA.

Open a terminal and paste the following commands (depending on your Ubuntu version):

-For Ubuntu Karmic and Lucid:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa

-For Ubuntu Jaunty:
sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list"
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 247510BE

-For Ubuntu Intrepid:
sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list"
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 247510BE

-For Ubuntu Hardy:
sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa/ubuntu hardy main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list"
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 247510BE

Then, Install Mozilla Thunderbird 3.0 (a.k.a. Shredder):

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install thunderbird-3.0

You will then find Thunderbird 3.0 under Applications > Internet > Shredder 3 Mail/News

This will install a Thunderbird branded as "Shredder". If you really want Mozilla Thunderbird branded version, you can download Thunderbird from HERE, extract it and run the "thunderbird" file inside the folder where you extracted it.

Note: the PPA in this post also has some Firefox daily builds (and further "Shredder" daily builds) so if you don't wish to use these, simply remove the ubuntu-mozilla-daily PPA after installing Thunderbird. To do this, go to System > Administration > Software Sources, on the second tab called "Other software", look for "http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-mozilla-daily/..." and uncheck it.