Hello Linux Geeksters. 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.
Mozilla has neglected Thunderbird, in order to work at the browser and so, the email client receives mostly bug-fixes. Also worth mentioning, it has adopted the Australis interface, like the latest Firefox versions did.
The latest version available is Thunderbird 24.6.0, which comes only with security fixes.
Canonical has also fixed some vulnerabilities and added Thunderbird 24.6.0 to the default repositories of all the supported Ubuntu systems and so, it is also available for deviative systems.
In this article I will show you how to install Thunderbird on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 17 Petra, Linux Mint 16 Petra, Linux Mint 13 Maya, Pinguy OS 14.04, Pinguy OS 12.04, LXLE 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Isis, Elementary OS 0.2 Luna and other Ubuntu derivative systems.
Getting the latest Thunderbird on Ubuntu and derivative systems is easy. All you have to do is update the local repository index and install the thunderbird package. Like this:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install thunderbird