Thunderbird 38.5.1 Brings Small Fixes Only

As you may know, Thunderbird is an open-source e-mail client and chat client developed by Mozilla. Among others, it has support for email addresses, newsgroup, news feed and chat (XMPP, IRC, Twitter) Client, managing multiple accounts. Also, it has support for different themes and its power can be extended by plugins.

The latest version available is Thunderbird 38.5.1, which has been recently released, coming only with bug-fixes:

  • In the address book manager, make the contacts sidebar remember the last selected address book
  • Prepare to use SHA-256 signing certificate for Windows builds, to meet new signing requirement
  • Various security fixes

Installation instructions:

Those who want to test the new features of Thunderbird 38, can follow the below instructions and install Thunderbird on their Linux system.

Because Thunderbird is already precompiled, the following instructions are generical and should work on all the major Linux systems, including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Pinguy OS, Elementary OS, Peppermint, LXLE, Linux Lite, Debian, SparkyLinux, Robolinux, Fedora, CentOS, OpenSUSE, Mageia, OpenMandriva, Arch Linux and Manjaro.

How to install Thunderbird on 32 bit Linux systems:

$ https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/releases/38.5.1/linux-i686/en-US/thunderbird-38.5.1.tar.bz2
$ tar -xjvf thunderbird-*.tar.bz2
$ sudo rm -rf /opt/thunderbird*
$ sudo mv thunderbird /opt/thunderbird
$ sudo ln -sf /opt/thunderbird/thunderbird /usr/bin/thunderbird

To start Thunderbird, just open a terminal, type thunderbird and hit enter.

How to install Thunderbird on 64 bit Linux systems:

$ wget ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/releases/38.5.1/linux-x86_64/en-US/thunderbird-38.5.1.tar.bz2
$ tar -xjvf thunderbird*.tar.bz2
$ sudo rm -rf /opt/thunderbird*
$ sudo mv thunderbird /opt/thunderbird
$ sudo ln -sf /opt/thunderbird/thunderbird /usr/bin/thunderbird

To start Thunderbird, just open a terminal, type thunderbird and hit enter.

Note: This will replace the version of Thunderbird you have already on your system with Thunderbird 38 Beta.

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