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    How to replace Evolution?

    I am using 11.04. I prefer Thunderbird to Evolution as a mail client. This is mostly because all I have to do with my numerous gmail accounts is type in my user name and password and thunderbird autoconfigures everything whereas Evolution never connects to more than three or four of my accounts without some kind of error. ANYWAY... In the upper right hand corner of the menu bar on the UNITY desktop it has the little envelope icon and I have not been able to change the default of that applet to Thunderbird rather than Evolution. I followed this suggestion:

    But at the crucial step where you download and install the thunderbird indicator it says "this app is not compatible with firefox 5"

    So, in the upper right hand corner of the Unity desktop I want that mail envelope on the menu bar to connect to Thunderbird rather than Evolution. I tried uninstalling Evolution once but it disasterously took chunks of the desktop with it and left my computer in an usable state...

    (As an alternative I would be satisfied with a suggestion that explained how to remove that envelope on the menu bar from the menu bar without decimating all of the icons in the whole bar as it seems to do when you try to remove it.)

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    Join Date
    May 2011
    Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

    Re: How to replace Evolution?

    I'm still trying to figure out how to swap out Thunderbird for Evolution myself, but I've noticed that the problem with the icons, is that it actually is one solid icon to cover all of the features, rather than the individual icons. So what you need to do, is right click on the actual panel, and then click on add to panel. Then you can add the individual icons, such as the thunderbird icon, and then also get rid of the envelope. I'm still trying to see how I would go about configuring the envelope for Thunderbird instead of Evo. I'll letcha know what I find out.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Sevierville, Tennessee
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: How to replace Evolution?

    After you install Thunderbird if your using 11.04 go to System Settings and under Personal select Preferred Applications and select thunderbird.
    Linux since 1995, Ubuntu since 2006

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    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Berlin, Germany
    Xubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: How to replace Evolution?

    I've just converted and updated an earlier UF post of mine, please see here:


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