(New to Kubuntu/ Linux) Update/ upgrade difficulties Thunderbird.

Bas Roufs basroufs at gmail.com
Tue Nov 20 13:08:51 UTC 2007

Dear everybody

Here is Bas, completely new to Linux and Kubuntu.
Recently, Kubuntu 7.10 has been installed on my laptop by a friend who 
is kindly helping me to find my way into Linux in general and Kubuntu in 
So far,  nearly everything seems to run smoothly,  except two major issues:
* the e-mail client 'Thunderbird'.
* the sound input functions of this laptop in combination with Kubuntu 7.10.
For the sake of brevity and clearness, I dedicate this message to one 
issue only: the upgrade difficulties with Thunderbird. To the second 
issue,  the sound input, I will dedicate a separate message.

Seemingly, the Kubuntu 7.10 Linux distribution still has an old version 
of Thunderbird: This is the version that has been installed on 
my laptop. The newest version is Several spell-check 
dictionaries (.xpi files/ add-ons) are not compatible with version This became clear when I tried to install them. That's why this 
problem became relevant for me.

I could have solved this problem if the update function would work 
smoothly: Thunderbird > HELP > check for updates. However, for some 
reason this update option is not accessible; the light gray colour of 
the text 'check for updates' underline that nothing happens if one 
clicks on it. So far, I did not manage to change the settings in such a 
way that the update function can work.

A related problem might be the difficulties I have to access the on line 
'release notes' and help pages from Thunderbird by directly clicking on 
the appropriate options of the HELP menu. When trying to click there, I 
landed on the 'launchpad' website:
There, I am the 2nd person who mentions this problem. The first person 
has had  a similar problem with Ubuntu 7.10 in combination with 
Thunderbird That's why, I CC this mail also to the Ubuntu list.

Thanks for your possible comments. Respectfully Yours,

Bas Roufs.

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