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

gerry gerry.neary at gmx.co.uk
Sun Feb 15 16:47:45 GMT 2009

I may be teaching you to suck eggs but I run Thunderbird 2, Lightning
0.9 and Provider for Google calendar .0.5.1 and it works perfectly.

Looking back over the emails you seem to be trying to download a program
whereas Lightning and Provider for Google calendar are addons.
They are available by going to
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/sunbird/addon/4631 for the Provider.
(It says it is for Sunbird but it works with Thunderbird.) and

These Release Notes cover what's new, download and installation
instructions and known issues for Lightning 0.9 Please read these notes
and the bug filing instructions before reporting any bugs to Bugzilla.
What's New in Lightning 0.9

Lightning 0.9 is the latest release of our calendar extension for
Mozilla Thunderbird®. We recommend that all users upgrade to this latest

The following features have been added to Lightning 0.9:

    * Events spanning days now have a visual indicator indicating them
as connected events
    * When reloading a remote calendar a progress indicator is now shown
    * The so-called "minimonth" (small calendar month in the upper left)
has been given a visual overhaul
    * The calendar views (day, week, multiweek, month) have been given a
visual overhaul
    * The today pane can now be displayed in calendar mode and task mode
as well
    * CalDAV support and interoperability with various CalDAV servers
has been improved
    * iMip/iTip support (support for email invitations) has been greatly
    * The application stability and memory consumption has been greatly
    * Lightning 0.9 is intended to be the last release for the
Thunderbird 2 series. For the future we are planning to integrate
Lightning fully into the upcoming Thunderbird 3 release
    * A full list of changes that have gone into this release can be
found on The Rumbling Edge website

Release Date: September 23, 2008
Downloading and Installing
Downloading Lightning 0.9

Before installing, make sure your computer meets the system
requirements. Mozilla.org provides Lightning for Windows, Linux,
Solaris, and Mac OS X in a variety of languages. Windows users must have
Windows XP or later.

IMPORTANT: Install the updated timezones for Windows XP or later.
Information on obtaining the updated timezones can be found in Microsoft
Knowledge Base article 951072.
Not updating your Windows timezones will result in unreliable and
erroneous display and entry of time data! Be sure to do this!

Windows releases prior to Windows XP are working but may display event
times erroneously due to outdated timezones on the operating system
level. This can be fixed using unofficial patches. Users should read the
known issues section for more information.

To get Lightning 0.9, download it from

Installing Lightning

Lightning runs as an extension for Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.x

IMPORTANT: If you have been using the old Calendar Extension, be sure to
backup the ICS file that it put in your profile directory, and uninstall
the Calendar Extension before installing Lightning. After you have
installed Lightning, you can then import your old events and tasks from
the backed up ICS file.

   1. Right-click the download link and choose "Save Link As..." to
download and save the .XPI file to your your hard disk
   2. In Mozilla Thunderbird, under the "Tools" menu, open the "Add-ons
   3. Click the "Install" button, locate and select the .XPI file you
downloaded in step 1, and click "OK"
   4. Restart Mozilla Thunderbird

In Google choose settings, calendars,private address, copy the XML link

In Thunderbird
Select Calendar, New Calendar, On the network, Goolge Calendar, and
paste the location from Google and all should be OK.

A better description is given at http://bfish.xaedalus.net/?p=239
 but a search on the same site says
4:57pm August 26th 2008 | 4:57 pm

For those on Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy) AND are getting the problem with File /
New… / Calendar being greyed out (even after clicking the Calendar icon
in the lower left of TB)…. This fixed is for me:


Using the Synaptic Package Manager, I searched for libstdc and marked
the version 5 for install and installed. Uninstalled both Lightning and
Google iCal addons and closed / reopened TB and followed the above
EXCELLENT install howto - and voila… now working.

Which solved a problem I had. It may have been updated in the latest
versions but it's worth a thought.


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