Add-Ons

2016 Thunderbird Releases

It has been a while since I have had a chance to update this site. Here are the most recent Thunderbird Releases: 45.0.0 — April 12th, 2016* 38.7.2 — April 4th, 2016 — Disabled Graphite font shaping library 38.7.1 — March 25th, 2016 — Disabled Graphite font shaping library 38.7.0 — March 14th, 2016 — Various security fixes 38.6.0 — February 16th, 2016 — Addressed couple behavior issues 38.5.1 — January 7th, 2016 — Introduced new SHA-256 signing certificate (Windows Only) * Thunderbird 45 currently available for download only (no update) as of April 12th, 2016. Users will likely be offered the update in the next few days.

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Thunderbird 38.4.0 Released

Mozilla has released the next update on the Thunderbird 38.x branch with Thunderbird 38.4.0 on November 25th. A cached version of the release notes shows a release date of November 23rd and currently the page is bringing up a Mozilla 404 page. For those user who have Lightning installed, the add-on should auto-update to version 4.0.4 when Thunderbird is updated. Updates in this release include: Fixed issue where messages moves of multiple messages from a maildir folder to an mbox folder failed. Various security fixes Depending on their update settings may be prompted to update in the next 24-48 hours…

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Thunderbird 38.4.0 and Lightning Issues

Thunderbird 38.4.0 has not yet been released. Reviewing the notes from the status meeting on November 3rd, the release was planned for around November 5th. This delay is not unusual and likely we will be seeing the Thunderbird 38.4.0 release during this coming week. While going through the meeting notes did notice bug 1211160 which had to do with ‘some’ users who updated to Thunderbird 38.3 with Lightning 4.0.3 enabled lost use of the buttons in Thunderbird. Users reported that rolling back to Thunderbird 38.2.0 resolved the issue. Other uses reported success by disabling Lightning 4.0.3 prior to updating to the…

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TBird 38.2.0 Issues coming out of Sleep/Hibernate

There are a couple issues with Thunderbird 38.2.0 when starting up from a long sleep or hibernate (especially overnight). First is Bug 1196662 Thunderbird not checking for mails and becomes unresponsive after hibernation (problem is caused by upgrade to Thunderbird 38.2.0). While I have not experienced issues Thunderbird becoming unresponsive I have noticed I need to click the ‘Get Messages Button’ in order to ‘kick-start’ Thunderbird to periodically and automatically check for new messages. Second which appears to be related to the first and affects those who are using Lighting: Bug 1199994 Today pane date incorrect after overnight hibernate [TypeError: this.mDeferred is null]. I have…

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Extension Signing in Thunderbird?

Apparently someone thought it would be a good idea to introduce extension signing into Mozilla Thunderbird. At the end of May 2015 Magnus Melin filed Bug 1168571: consider force signing add-ons requirements on in beta/release for thunderbird (too). So Mozilla is going to shoot themselves in the other foot if they are stupid enough to do this. A couple interesting points against this: Unlike Firefox, Thunderbird does not have issues with rogue add-ons Thunderbird dropped the ESR Branch a while back which would likely have to be reintroduced in order to support proprietary enterprise add-ons that shouldn’t be hosted on AMO. It…

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OAuth2 Demonstrated

I had talked about OAuth2 briefly a couple weeks ago, but hadn’t really tried it since my Gmail accounts were already setup in Thunderbird.  A few days ago I created another Gmail account to handle everything associated with my Firefox Blog as well as Bugzilla emails. I had been using an @ffextensionguru.com address I had setup up through my hosting provider. The problem is this provider only does POP for free. If I want IMAP support then I needed to upgrade to a business email (5 Boxes with Unlimited Space) for about $96 / year. Since I monitor this email address on…

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Lightning on a fresh install of Thunderbird

The machine I upgraded to Windows 10 on Saturday did not have Thunderbird installed. I did a clean install of Thunderbird 38.1.0 with a clean profile. Upon first run I noticed Lightening was already there along with some options at the bottom: First run of a fresh install of Thunderbird 39.1.0 I like the way Mozilla has this setup that you can either keep or disable Lightning. This is what they should have done with Pocket in Firefox.

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For some odd reason AdBlock Plus in Thunderbird choose to use the keyboard CTRL+SHIFT+V to open the sidebar (blockable items). The problem with using this is CTRL+SHIFT+V is the universal keyboard shortcut to Paste as Plain Text of Paste without Formatting. After some searching I found a thread from October 2012 on the Adblock Plus Forums that provided a solution: From within Thunderbird go to Tools > Options > Advanced (OS X: Thunderbird > Preferences… | Linux: Edit > Preferences) and then click the Config Editor… button in the lower right of the Options/Preferences Window. If needed click the I’ll be careful, I promise…

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After each major update there is always some people who are confused by the numbering scheme used for Thunderbird. Common question is why did the version number just jump up by 7? Thunderbird follows the Firefox ESR release numbering which means there is major release every 48 weeks or 7 regular updates of Firefox/Gecko. So, next big update will be Thunderbird 45 in March 2016. This is the tentative schedule for the next year: June 30th: Thunderbird 38.1.0 (Gecko 39) August 11th: Thunderbird 38.2.0 (Gecko 40) September 22nd: Thunderbird 38.3.0 (Gecko 41) November 3rd: Thunderbird 38.4.0 (Gecko 42) December 15th: Thunderbird 38.5.0…

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Thunderbird 38.0.1 Released

Mozilla has released the next major update for Thunderbird with the release of Thunderbird 38.0.1 on June 11th. Note, there was NOT a Thunderbird 38.0.0 release due to several bugs (which were addressed and fixed with the 38.0.1 release). Currently the new release is only available via download and manual install from the getthunderbird.com site. Automatic and manual (Help > About Thunderbird) updates are not currently enabled for this release yet (allow 24-72 hours for those updates methods to become available). Some of the new changes with Thunderbird 38.0.x: Lightning (Calendar) add-on is now included and enabled by default (with the option…

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