[ubuntu-uk] A thank you and a quiery....

Michael G Fletcher michael at ilovemylinux.com
Sun Feb 15 12:02:54 GMT 2009

> Hi, well, I have been trying everything that you have all suggested, and
> I have a few problems. The Lightning 0.9 wont work with this version of
> Firefox and Ubuntu 8.10. Doesnt matter how much I've tried it just wont
> work. The version in the repositories works, but it wont work with the
> google calendar, its showing errors all over the place. I am wondering
> if I can find a older version of the google provider, to work with the
> older version of Lightning. Also, Caldev? only works with Sunbird, not
> lightning, according to the Mozilla people. So, I still havent been able
> to work out how to get the calendar working, which is a bit frustrating.
> I hope I have explained that right now.
> John

Hi John, I've just run a test, and it seems to work.  Here is a
step-by-step of how I did it, perhaps it will help:

1 - installed thunderbird from repositories (version (20090105))
2 - installed lightning from mozilla website
(http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/lightning/   - version 0.9)
restart thunderbird
3 - installed Google calender provider from website
(https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/4631   - version
0.5.1) restart thunderbird
4 - added my calendar from google, using the private ical address
under the calendar's settings.  click the ical button, right click on
the link given and select "copy link location" - then it's easy to
paste it into thunderbird
5 -  right clicked on calendar in thunderbird, select properties,
unticked the read-only option
6 - I then restarted thunderbird and was asked to supply my gmail
username and password for write access.  I somehow landed up with a
duplicate calendar which I deleted, but make sure that the one you
keep is the one which is not read-only.

I also got a lot of alarms popping up and couldn't get them to go
away, I found it was because thunderbird was waiting for a password
prompt in the background.  I moved the alarms window around the
screen, and then entered the password.  I could then dismiss the

I can now add or delete events and they appear in my online google calendar.

HTH... :-)

Michael Fletcher

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