Getting latest Firefox and Thunderbird on Ubuntu

OK – you have Ubuntu and you want the latest versions of Firefox and Thunderbird. Unfortunately, they aren’t in the current repositories. You consider the option of manually installing from debs but that undermines one of the benefits of desktop linux – the way it automatically keeps your applications up-to-date for you. So what’s the answer? Thanks to the brilliant Daniel Folkinshteyn, there’s Ubuntuzilla. Here is how I got Ubuntuzilla to work for me:

1) in terminal run:

echo -e "\ndeb all main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list > /dev/null

2) then run:

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver C1289A29

3) and:

sudo apt-get update

4) Download ubuntuzilla deb from here:

5) Install ubuntuzilla

6) Install Firefox first using command

7) Install Thunderbird 3 using command --package=thunderbird
(NB there are two dashes before the word package)
I think the following also works: -p thunderbird

In both cases, you get a choice of language and whether to backup everything (choose y for the latter 😉 ).

Then get the personas extension for Thunderbird and choose a persona, get the lightning calendar add-on, and choose a persona for Firefox. You’re good to go.

See also:
and if you have problems upgrading to 3.1 see Ubuntuzilla thunderbird 3.1 problem fixed

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