Install the latest Mozilla Thunderbird or Firefox in Ubuntu GNU/Linux

So I ran into an issue with my Mozilla Thunderbird today when I was finished setting up my new email, contact, and calendar server with Mail-in-a-box. So I go to add the lightning extension for calendars, and low and behold I find out my Thunderbird (the one that came in the the default Xubuntu repos for 14.04LTS) was out of date and not supported by lightning. The Ubuntu repos had version 38.8, but what version was Mozilla at themselves? 45.1 as of this post. So I quickly installed the latest binary but I tend to be forgetful about updates, so I wanted to tie it into the apt package manager so I found a PPA that works.

First if thunderbird is installed remove it, and maybe backup your .thunderbird folder just in case. But you shouldn’t have to worry about losing any data.

sudo apt-get remove -y thunderbird

Next we need to add a new repository called Ubuntuzilla so edit your sources.list. I used nano for this, but feel free to use whatever you like.

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
add to the end
deb http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/ubuntuzilla/mozilla/apt all main

or you can do that all with one command
echo -e "\ndeb http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/ubuntuzilla/mozilla/apt all main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list > /dev/null

Then grab the keys and update
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com C1289A29
sudo apt-get update

Install your desired package, with one of the following commands:
sudo apt-get install firefox-mozilla-build
sudo apt-get install thunderbird-mozilla-build
sudo apt-get install seamonkey-mozilla-build

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Author: Alon Ganon

I serve as a technology research associate for DTG3D. I am a technology specialist, very focused on understanding the details and applications of new technology trends. With a background in Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and FreeBSD operating systems, I provide practical approaches to the integration of new technology into an IT and general business environment. I am currently is involved in the analysis of augmented and virtual reality systems. I also spend my free time advocating for freedom in software, and in all facets of our life. I have been working on computers since I was 4 years old under my father's company DTG3D. I built my first computer at 7 years old, and I am primarily self taught and self trained in regards to the majority of his IT skills due to decades of being surrounded by technology everyday. My philosophy is, "You are not dead, until you stop learning."

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