Thunderbird skips versions gets in sync with firefox

It seems Mozilla is on a mission to sync the release versons and cycles for Firefox and Thunderbird.Until recently we were hearing about Thunderbird 3.3 alpha and now all of  a sudden Thunderbird 5 beta is out in the wild.

 It must be noted that the Firefox 5 beta was released a only a fortnight ago! The beta release announcement was made today and the release notes can be found here. Some of the features of the new beta are:

  • New Addons Manager and extension management API (user interface will be changed before final release)
  • Tabs can now be reordered and dragged to different windows
  • Revised account creation wizard, offering improved set-up
  • Attachment sizes now displayed along with attachments

The latest beta can be installed in the last three ubuntu releases by installing this ppa: ppa:mozillateam/thunderbird-next

The easiest way to install the ppa & the software is to open a terminal and add the following commands

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mozillateam/thunderbird-next 
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

This will install the ppa and upgarde your thunderbird to the latest beta version.
Caution: Thunderbird 5 is a beta release and should not be used in production machines. Please USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

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