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michael37
December 21st, 2009, 06:16 AM
So, let's say you just downloaded Thunderbird 3 using Ubuntuzilla and you want to get Lightning (the greatest calendar extension) working. Mozilla Addons site now provides Lightning 1.0b1 version (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/2313) of Lightning which is considering current stable version. You may also consider Provider for Google Calendar (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/4631) which integrates your Thunderbird with online Google Calendar.

ALTERNATIVELY, if you want to perform manual installation, follow the following steps.

Point your browser to http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/calendar/lightning/releases/1.0b1/linux-i686/
If you are in US, consider going into en-US directory.
Right-click the link named lightning.xpi and choose "Save Link As..." to download and save the file to your hard disk, let's say to Desktop.
Right-click the link named gdata-provider.xpi and choose "Save Link As..." to download and save the file to your hard disk, let's say to Desktop.
In Mozilla Thunderbird, open Add-ons from the Tools menu, and select Extensions icon.
Click the Install button, and locate/select the files you downloaded and click "OK".
Restart Thunderbird.
Set up your Google Calendar login and enjoy read/write support from within Thunderbird tabs.


Source: Inspired by Lightning/Calendar blog (http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/calendar/).

nanotube
December 21st, 2009, 06:26 AM
Thanks for this howto! I'm sticky-ing it for the time being - at least until lightning 1.0 makes release.

michael37
December 21st, 2009, 06:34 AM
Thunderbird 3 with tabs and with Calendar and Tasks in tabs looks totally awesome.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3115/3094292059_b099806f0b.jpg

Courtesy of this wonderful review (http://ascher.ca/blog/2008/12/09/thunderbird-3-beta-1-a-platform-for-innovation-shapes-up/).

Can't wait for the Lightning 1 release.

qva5
December 21st, 2009, 09:39 PM
Instruction you gave helped me a lot. Thanks!

However I was not able to start Google Provider right away. For some strange reason first I needed to install xpi file for Google Provider Extension from en-US subdirectory.

http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/calendar/lightning/releases/1.0b1rc1/linux-i686/en-US/

michael37
December 21st, 2009, 10:01 PM
Instruction you gave helped me a lot. Thanks!

However I was not able to start Google Provider right away. For some strange reason first I needed to install xpi file for Google Provider Extension from en-US subdirectory.

http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/calendar/lightning/releases/1.0b1rc1/linux-i686/en-US/

Curious. It works for me. Are you saying that one gdata-provider.xpi (non-localized, the one that I showed) was not enough and you replaced it with another gdata-provider.xpi (localized for US)?

qva5
December 22nd, 2009, 01:24 PM
Curious. It works for me. Are you saying that one gdata-provider.xpi (non-localized, the one that I showed) was not enough and you replaced it with another gdata-provider.xpi (localized for US)?

Indeed... twiece I have tried to install non-localize gdata-provider.xpi, but each time the extension has been shown as disabled and below it a information about something missing has been displayed.

el cameleon
January 7th, 2010, 07:33 PM
I got exactly same problem, gdata-provider is disabled because Thunderbird claims that a component is missing?! I use last nighty build of lightning, I don't know if it could be related...

qva5
January 8th, 2010, 06:40 PM
I got exactly same problem, gdata-provider is disabled because Thunderbird claims that a component is missing?! I use last nighty build of lightning, I don't know if it could be related...

Have you tried installing components from http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozi...ux-i686/en-US/ (http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/calendar/lightning/releases/1.0b1rc1/linux-i686/en-US/) ?

el cameleon
January 8th, 2010, 09:23 PM
Have you tried installing components from http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozi...ux-i686/en-US/ (http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/calendar/lightning/releases/1.0b1rc1/linux-i686/en-US/) ?
Thanks, I have updated lightning with the one available and now it works!

PDA1
January 12th, 2010, 02:07 PM
Works very well.

Tell me, is the calendar I see in Thunderbird 3.0 linked directly to Google calendars under my gmail account name?

qva5
January 13th, 2010, 11:35 PM
Works very well.

Tell me, is the calendar I see in Thunderbird 3.0 linked directly to Google calendars under my gmail account name?


It all depends on a way you configure your Lightning.

When you attach new google calendar, you can insert private url(get it from google calendar site) pointing to your calendar.

michael37
January 27th, 2010, 02:51 AM
Major update to the OP since Lightning 1 is now available via Add-ons.

michael37
January 27th, 2010, 02:52 AM
Sorry for multiples. Upgrading to Thunderbird 3.0.1 is recommended for everyone, and especially Lightning 1 users.

qva5
January 28th, 2010, 08:06 PM
Major update to the OP since Lightning 1 is now available via Add-ons.

Great news;)

I haven't got any major issues with previous version of Lighting add-on, but having stable version feels much much better.

michael37
January 28th, 2010, 08:35 PM
Great news;)

I haven't got any major issues with previous version of Lighting add-on, but having stable version feels much much better.

Glad it makes you feel better. You are running the same exact code, just named differently :D

qva5
January 30th, 2010, 12:40 PM
Glad it makes you feel better. You are running the same exact code, just named differently :D

You can call me prudent man;)

zebraneo
October 3rd, 2010, 10:11 AM
I just wanted to thank everyone your great