Mozilla Thunderbird is the default client for Ubuntu 11.10. This has made it more important for Ubuntu users since it will be replacing the Evolution mail client. Recently Thunderbird 5 has been released with new enhancements and a PPA for Ubuntu users. It is worth mentioning here that Thunderbird 5 is not available from the Mozilla website and can only be installed from the Personal Package Archive (PPA) given below. For now it is in the Beta stage and therefore, users may face some functionality issues. In this post we will provide you with an overview of the new features of Thunderbird 5, along with the installation PPA.
You can install Mozilla Thunderbird by entering following commands in the Terminal. This PPA can be used by Ubuntu 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04 users.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/thunderbird-next sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
One of the most visible features which you are likely to notice in Thunderbird 5 is the enhanced Add-on Manager. You can now get exclusive information about upcoming extensions, get extension suggestions (featured add-ons) and check out Thunderbird themes and personas for customization purposes.
Another nice feature which Thunderbird 5 offers, is the option to drag and drop tabs to separate windows. You can easily drag a tab to another open window and separate it from the combined tabs to view it as a single window.
Thunderbird now has a new troubleshooting information page to aid support and diagnosis of problems. You can get information about added mail and news accounts, extensions, modified preferences and send an email to Mozilla administration for support or queries.
Other enhancements include a revised account creation wizard, attachments displayed with size information, and plugins loaded in RSS Feeds by default.