Thunderbird Upgrade - Should I?

Key Schmidt khbgschmidt at googlemail.com
Mon Apr 16 20:42:00 UTC 2012


On 16.04.2012 20:11, NoOp wrote:
> On 04/15/2012 06:25 AM, Graham Watkins wrote:
>> Hi all,
>>
>> I'm getting a nagging message on Thunderbird telling me to upgrade to
>> the latest version as the one I'm using will soon no longer be
>> supported.  I've downloaded the tarball for 11.01 from Mozilla but I am
>> filled with foreboding. Is it safe to install this over the top of my
>> existing Thunderbird installation or am I likely to trash something
>> and/or lose all my mail?
>>
>> Might it be safer to leave things alone until I decide to upgrade my
>> entire system?  I'm using Ubuntu 10.4.
> ...
>
> Ubuntu are doing users a disservice by not upgrading Thunderbird:
> <http://packages.ubuntu.com/search?keywords=thunderbird>
>
> Note that it is not only the 10.04 LTS that they've not upgraded, but
> also natty (11.04 - which is still supported until October).
>
> Were I you I'd file a bug report and demand an upgrade as Mozilla
> stopped all support (including security patches) for TB 3.1 this month:
>
> <http://blog.mozilla.org/thunderbird/2012/01/31/using-thunderbird-3-1-its-time-for-a-change/>
> <https://support.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/kb/upgrading-thunderbird-31>
>
> TB 3.x isn't even on the 'Extended Support' downloads page:
> <https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/organizations/all-esr.html>
> <https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/organizations/index.html>
>
> Personally, I've blown out all bits of "Ubuntu Mozilla" (Thunderbird,
> SeaMonkey, Firefox, Lightning) and only run the tarballs from Mozilla
> directly. That way I am certain to get all security patches, and
> updates/upgrades at the same time the rest of the world does.
>
> $ locate thunderbird-bin
> /home/<user>/Thunderbird/thunderbird/thunderbird-bin
> $ locate firefox-bin
> /home/<user>/FirefoxNightly/firefox/firefox-bin
> /home/<user>/firefox/firefox/firefox-bin
> $ locate seamonkey-bin
> /home/<user>/seamonkey/seamonkey/seamonkey-bin
>
> Read
> <https://support.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/kb/upgrading-thunderbird-31>
> - particularly "1. Backup your Thunderbird Data" (you can skip step #2).
> Extract to a home folder (e.g. 'thunderbird'), point your menu to the
> thunderbird shell (not the thunderbird-bin - I only used that in the
> locate example as it's easy to find/display):
> /home/<user>/Thunderbird/thunderbird/thunderbird
> and off you go.
>
> [The recent debacle with Macintosh not updating their Java when the
> security update was released in February, is an example of what can
> happen when package maintainers sit on their thumbs&  spin...]
>
>
++1

Key




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