Having trouble installing Thunderbird on Ubuntu.

By Envergure
Nov 23, 2007
  1. I downloaded Thunderbird and I can't figure out how to install it. There isn't an installer - in fact, there don't seem to be any executables in the package at all.

    The file I got is called "thunderbird-". If this is the wrong file, tell me. I'll feel stupid, but that's better than having no email :D.

    Needless to say, I'm pretty new to Linux. I've been using Ubuntu 7.10 for about three and a half hours now.
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,858   +327

    That is a compressed file sort of like a zip file. You'll have to use a utility to uncompress it to get to the files inside. I don't have direct experience with this type of file but there are free utility programs you can use.
  3. Envergure

    Envergure TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 134

    I know how to unpack the files, I just don't know what to do with them.
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    It would be much easier to go in the Synaptic package manager application, do a search for Thunderbird & let it download/install by itself (it'll just ask for a password before it starts downloading).
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837

    Indeed. You should always use your OSs native package management features instead of generic tarballs, sources or installers.
  6. Envergure

    Envergure TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 134

    Oh, that's handy. Thanks!
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