How to install Thunderbird in slackware

Mozilla ThunderbirdMozilla Thunderbird is one of the best FOSS mail clients out there and I prefer it over the other mail clients. In Slackware 14 we already have three mail clients out of the box, which are Mail, KMail and Seamonkey Mail respectively. But Thunderbird is not preinstalled with the distro so I had to install that first.

System : Slackware 14 on a Dell Vostro 1015n laptop.
Software version : Thunderbird-17.0.6

  1. Ensure that you have all the required libraries.
    • GTK+ 2.18 or higher
    • GLib 2.22 or higher
    • Pango 1.14 or higher
    • X.Org 1.0 or higher (1.7 or higher is recommended)
    • libstdc++ 4.3 or higher

    Mozilla recommends that a Linux system also have the following libraries or packages installed:

    • NetworkManager 0.7 or higher
    • DBus 1.0 or higher
    • HAL 0.5.8 or higher
    • GNOME 2.16 or higher

    Luckily Slackware 14 is coming with all the necessary libraries so don’t have to worry about that.

  2. Download the correct file.
    This is very important since in a 64 bit system a 32 bit software will not work without some necessary libraries. So if yours is a 32 bit system download the 32 bit version of Thunderbird else get the 64 bit version.
    To get the 64 bit version go here.
  3. login as root.
    login as root
  4. Change directory to /opt.
    I chose this directory as this installation is a custom one.

    change directory to /opt

  5. Copy to tar ball to /opt.
    copy the tar ball to the directory /opt/
  6. Extract the file.
    uncompressing the thunderbird tar ball
  7. Create an entry in /usr/bincreate link in /usr/bin
  8. Create shortcuts to launch Thunderbird (in menu + desktop).
    menu entry Right click on the KDE menu and select the option ‘Edit Application’. Using that utility we can add or edit the application details. To create a desktop shortcut just drag and drop the Menu entry to the desktop (after unlocking the widgets).
  9. To update Thunderbird we will have to launch it as administrator:   #thunderbird
  10. To remove/uninstall Thunderbird, enter:
    #rm -rf /opt/thunderbird /usr/bin/thunderbird
    and remove the thunderbird directory under /opt/.