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Help an Ubuntu rookie install Mozilla Thunderbird, please. I downloaded a .TAR file via my browser, started investigating how to extract it, then found this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AzXKFghGgM It appears you can download, extract, and install the whole thing with one simple command from the terminal. Too good to be true? Trying to figure out whether I should trash my .TAR file and just do it his way. What would be easiest?

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use sypnatics, there just search for thunderbird and install it, u are doing it in a more complacaited way. still u if can tu continue that way, untar, go to the folder and execute this: ./configure make make install If there isnt any problem u should have it installed, still its way more easy to use sypnatips or in the terminal apt-get or aptitude
sypnatics its in the admin part u need to be a sudo or root user
In the video he typed in "sudo apt-get install thunderbird" into the terminal, entered a root user password, and then he was done. Is it really that easy? He might have written "~$ sudo apt-get install thunderbird, actually." Not sure what ~$ or -$ means.

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I myself have tried both the ways for installing. If you are learning to work on linux, better learn both the methods.
The TAR file should contain a 'configure' file that shows up as executable, but its file name won't be in your shell's PATH variable. Navigate to the folder resulting from the TAR file with 'cd', then do './configure' to compile the program. There will most likely be a readme file included as well that will have more information.
Thanks. I also figured out what ~$ means. It wasn't anything he was typing into the computer. Rather, it was part of the prompt, and it was telling him he was in the home directory (~) and that he was a regular user ($) as opposed to admin / root / superuser. Stay tuned, though, because I might have some other questions related to Thunderbird on Linux.
I have to say, it's ubuntu, and thunderbird is a very common programm, With almost avery distribution, specialy binary one (as ubuntu/debian/archlinux) we should not need use « ./configure make make install » as it does not use the package manager (dpkg, pacman, other) and would not resolves dependency, and might brocken the system in some case. You're on ubuntu right ? use apt-get (or aptitude, sinaptik as there are front end of dpkg). but you never needed to use some « hand made » for compilations and install on system. always use apt-get to make sure the integrity of your system, it's the best way to dont break it. (comment from a Arch Linux user)

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