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August 19th, 2011, 12:52 AM
I'm using TB 3.1.11 and Linux 126.96.36.199.39 and I'm wanting to install the Lightning addon but I'm getting nowhere. Every time I try to install different versions of Lightning it fails telling me that the version is not comatible with Thunderbird. Anybody got a solution to this or do I just have to wait?
Allen from Oz
August 19th, 2011, 01:04 AM
Hey Allen from Oz,
Are you running 64-bit? I had that exact symptom and I had to Google for a 64-bit version of Lightening which I found here:
I don't know whether that is the latest version or not.
August 19th, 2011, 01:34 AM
I was able to install 1.0b5 with Ubuntu 10.4 64 bit. I don't remember what I followed to get it to install, but I did do it recently. I will see if I can find the thread.
I was using TB 3.x at the time, I am now using TB 6.
August 19th, 2011, 01:44 AM
Would you believe that I'm not all that sure whether I'm running 64 or 32 bit. I think I'm running 32 bit though. I do know that my processor is a Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU 230 @ 1.60GHz .
How can I check whether I'm running 64 bit or not?
Allen from Oz
August 19th, 2011, 01:58 AM
August 19th, 2011, 02:27 AM
uname -m came back with x86_64, so I guess that means I am on 64 bit. I clicked on the link provided by YesWeCan and it downloaded Lightning and then protested that it was not compatible with Firefox 3.6.18! I thought that lightning was an addon to Thunderbird. Am I all up the creek or what?
August 19th, 2011, 02:54 AM
I'm using Ubuntu 10.10 64 bit and these are my TB and FF versions.
August 19th, 2011, 03:23 AM
See if this helps
August 19th, 2011, 03:32 AM
You might try updating Thunderbird.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/thunderbird-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
August 19th, 2011, 03:42 AM
It seems that no matter what I do, the bloody thing is trying to add lightning to Firefox, whereas I want to add it to Thunderbird.
Am I on the wrong tram?
August 19th, 2011, 06:02 AM
Firefox 5.0 Mozilla Firefox for Ubuntu canonical - 1.0
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv:188.8.131.52) Gecko/20110617 Lightning/1.0b2 Thunderbird/3.1.11
I just now got lightning installed, I had tried downloading Lightning 1.0b2 separately from some link I saw on this thread, and it refused to download, pop-up came on and said the version was not compatible with Firefox 5.0.
Firefox - Thunderbird & lightning all interact with each other to a certain degree, google it.
So how did I get Lightning to download and work, by simply using synaptic: it's listed as "xul-ext-lightning"
see attached graphic/screenshot.
You system is not identical to mine, but maybe synaptic will get you the correct version of Lightning.
Hope this might help you.
August 19th, 2011, 06:54 AM
Mission accomplished. Finished up upgrading Thunderbird to v 6.0 and even though there was an error in the process it seems to be working OK. Something about a file that was trying to be overwritten yet was needed in the new version. Resulted in one package not upgraded which was
Many thanks to all and specially dniMretsaM, whose suggestion solvd the problem. Good on yer MasterMind.
August 19th, 2011, 05:28 PM
Glad you got it fixed!
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