Installing Thunderbird

For : MEPIS Linux

by : je.saist

Mozilla's Thunderbird program is the counter part to Firefox. Offering an excellent standalone mail client, Thunderbird is worth the download.

1: Thunderbird probably going to be in apt-get like Firefox, so lets open up Kpackage.

2: Once Kpackage is open, click on File

3: Choose Find Package

4: Type in thunderbird

5: Hmm.  Seems that that apt-get reports Thunderbird 0.8-3 as the most recent version.  Well, lets see what Mozilla's latest version is.

6: Go ahead and open up a browser.  In this case Firefox is being used.

7: Once the browser is open, head to

8: Looking down the Mozilla page there should be a link to Thunderbird 0.9. Click the link.

9: Once the Thunderbird page opens there should be a Download Now link. Click the Link.

10: Firefox says it can open this file with Ark.

11: However, we want to save Thunderbird, so we are going to hit Save to disk

12: Once the file downloads, open up Previous Files

13: Before we find the download, there is a task we need to complete.  Create a New Folder

14: Name the folder Thunderbird

15: Now there should be a Thunderbird  folder.

16: Now, to look for the download.  In an earlier guide with Firefox a download location was set. In this case, that folder is /downloads.  If you put the Thunderbird download in a different location, go to that location now.

17: There it is, the Thunderbird download.  Go ahead and click on the file.

18: Neat trick, Konqueror treats the file like a folder.  Open the thunderbird folder.

19: There is the Thunderbird program. 

20: Select all and copy

21:  Go back to the /home/(username) and find the Thunderbird folder that was created earlier.

22: Open the thunderbird folder and Paste

23: Now Thunderbird is installed.

24: To open the wizard, click on the thunderbird shell script.

25: Thunderbird can import from Netscape, Mozilla, and Opera.  Right now, Opera was not installed. 

26: Since this is a new setup, hit Don't Import Anything, then hit next.

27: Select Account type: Email Account

28: Now Thunderbird will ask for your name and email address. 

Your Name : this is the name that people will see when you send them mail

Email Address : Do yourself a favor and type the email in lowercase letters.

29:  Now Thunderbird will ask for the mail servers.  You will need to get these from your ISP, or Internet Service Provider.  Most of the times these will be POP or Post Office Protocol servers.

Special Note: If you are pulling mail from someplace like Gmail and Yahoo, or the email provider you use is not your Internet Provider you will need to obtain your ISP's outgoing Mail Server

All Major ISP's in the US, and most in the UK will block outgoing mail that is not on the ISP's official mail server.  Even if the email provider tells you to use their server, do not. Call and get the official server from your Internet Provider.

Incoming Server : type in the Incoming Server name

Outgoing Server : type in the outgoing Server name

30:  Now Thunderbird will ask for user names.  Most providers do not require an outgoing user name.  If you are not sure whether or not one is needed, call your ISP. 

Also, make sure that the user names are lowercase letters.  Most Internet Service Providers will not require the name to be on the user name.  However, most alternative providers will require the to be added to the user name.  If you are not sure, call the Mail provider or visit the support page for the Mail provider.

31: The Account name is just a label.  You can put anything you want to in here.

32: Thunderbird will already attempt to download the mail, so just hit Finish.

33: And now Thunderbird is on the machine.

34: Time to set a button. 

Right click on the K-bar

select ADD,

select Special Button

select Non-KDE Application

35: In the Configuration box, click on Select File

36: Click on the Thunderbird Folder

37: Once the Thunderbird folder is opened, move to the end of the folder.

38: Click on the thunderbird then hit ok

39: Now click on the Icon box.

40: Down the Icon list is an Icon for thunderbird.  Click on the icon and then hit Ok.

41:  Now everything seems to be setup. hit ok.

42: Now there should be a Thunderbird icon down on the K-bar.

Take me back to the Mail Blitz

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