Installing Thunderbird 2 in Klikit


Note:  This article is now obsolete, at least for those folks who are running Klikit-Linux version 0.1-8

or higher.  Thunderbird 2.0 is now available in the repositories and can be installed via Synaptic, like

any other program, or, if you have Thunderbird 1.5 installed, the Klikit updater will update it to 2.0

automatically.  The procedure described below will still work in Klikit, if you are one of those people

who enjoy doing things the hard way.    papabearak


    1.  From your normal user account, (not root), in a web browser, navigate to the Thunderbird download page:


    2.  Click the download button, and save the file to your desktop, or other convenient location. 


    3.  When the download is finished,  right-click on the file you downloaded, and select Extract all,

          and navigate to your Home folder.  Click Save.  A new folder named Thunderbird will be created

          automatically, within your home folder.


    4.  Once the file is extracted, click the Thunderbird  folder to open it.   Scroll through the contents until

         you find a file named thunderbird, with no extension, (eg. .bin, .jpg, etc.)


    5.  Click the thunderbird file.  A shell window will open, and after a minute a lot of text will appear in it, then

         Thunderbird will start. You will need to go through the account setup wizard to setup your email accounts,

         as nothing will be imported from your original Thunderbird 1.5 installation.  Please note, that if you use

         Gmail, the new Thunderbird makes setting up a gmail account really simple.  Just select Gmail from the

         account types list in the wizard.


    6.  You will also need to download and install any extensions and/or themes you wish to use.


    7.  Finally, you will need to create a menu entry for Thunderbird 2, and select a desktop icon.  Start by

         right-clicking on Launch, and selecting Menu Editor.





    8.  In the left pane, click the + next to Applications, to expand the list, then click once on the heading,

         Internet in the list, to select it.


    9.  On the toolbar, click the New Item icon, which looks like a clean sheet of paper. 



    10.  In the New Item requester, type Thunderbird 2



    11.  In the right pane, in the Description field, type email client.  No need to type anything in the Comment field.



    12.  Just to the right of the Command field, click the blue folder button, and navigate to your Thunderbird  folder, and select the

           thunderbird file. Click OK.  The path displayed in the Command field should look like this: 



    13.  Now, click the blank paper icon at the top of the right pane, to set an icon.  In the Select Icon window, tick the Other Icons

           option, and click Browse.


    14.  Click the Home Folder Icon, and navigate to the Thunderbird folder, open it,  then open the Icons folder.




    15.  Select mozicon50.xpm, and click Open.  The file requester will close, and you will see that the blank paper icon has been

           replaced by the familiar Thunderbird icon.


    16.  You are nearly done!  Click the Floppy Disk icon in the Menu Editor toolbar to save your changes, and when the save is

           complete, close the menu editor.



    17.  Click Launch > Internet, and You will see Thunderbird 2 at the top of the list.  If you want to put an icon on the desktop, right-click

           on the Thunderbird 2 menu entry, and select Add Item To Desktop.  All done!


See also:  How to use a single shared mail folder for Thunderbird on multi-boot systems


andTransferring your mail and address books to Thunderbird 2