Last week, Mozilla released Thunderbird 5 Beta 1. Thunderbird is a very popular email client from Mozilla, the organization behind Firefox browser. Mozilla has decided to skip Thunderbird 4 so as to keep up with the versioning of the Gecko engine.
Before we get on to how to install it, let us look at the main new features in Thunderbird 5 Beta 1.
- Thunderbird 5 Beta 1 has a new add-on and extension management API.
- Like in Firefox and other web browsers, tabs in Thunderbird can be reordered and rearranged across different windows.
- The account creation wizard has been improved to make it a better and easier experience.
The user interface of Thunderbird 5 Beta 1 is the same as that of the previous release. But before the final release, it will get an updated user interface.
Install Thunderbird 5 Beta 1
Thunderbird 5 Beta 1 is now available in the the Mozilla Team’s PPA for Ubuntu. So, installation is very simple. Right now packages are available for Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal, Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkatand Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.
Note: Before installing please be aware that this is not a stable release and might break. If you are already using a previous version of Thunderbird, this will upgrade it.
Open the Terminal and execute the command given below:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/thunderbird-next
After the PPA has been added, update your software list:
$ sudo apt-get update
Finally install Thunderbird 5 Beta 1.
$ sudo apt-get install thunderbird