thunderbird colors broken by upgrade from 38.8 to 45.2

Doug dmcgarrett at
Tue Jul 26 19:14:24 UTC 2016

On 07/26/2016 10:15 AM, Jason Paul Joines wrote:
>         I'm using Kubuntu 14.04.4 and Thunderbird suddenly became 
> almost unusable yesterday because of a change in the color scheme.  
> From dpkg.log, this seems to be the culprit:
> 2016-07-25 11:26:49 upgrade thunderbird:amd64 
> 1:38.8.0+build1-0ubuntu0.14.04.1 1:45.2.0+build1-0ubuntu0.14.04.3
>         It seems to be ignoring my system color scheme, and to be the 
> only application doing so.  Even Firefox 47.0 is still cooperating.  
> In Thunderbird, there is no longer a color distinction between the 
> selected message and unselected messages in the message list.  If I 
> select text, such as an email address or subject or something in the 
> message body, both selected text and selected text background are 
> black, so I cannot see the selected text.  In the addressing area of a 
> message, there is no distinction between one address line and the 
> next, so it just looks like one big area.
>         I've tried to downgrade to 38.8 via "apt-get install" but it 
> seems 38.8 is no longer in the repository.  "apt-cache show 
> thunderbird" shows only versions 45.2 and 24.4.
>         Any ideas how I can fix Thunderbird 45.2 or downgrade to 
> Thunderbird 38.8?
> Thanks,
> Jason
> ===========
Do you have FossaMail available? It was forked from Thunderbird some 
time ago, and looks and works like it, but it doesn't get messed with 
every few weeks.
It's in the PaleMoon stable, which I've also converted to, for the same 


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