Ding – users of Ubuntu 20.04 and 22.04 LTS just got new e-mail …client updates to install.

Yes, Thunderbird 115 has finally hit the Ubuntu repos, allowing users to upgrade from Thunderbird 102 to 115 without needing PPAs, Flatpaks, or Snaps.

And upgrade they’ll want to.

The recently released revamp of this esteemed e-mail app (plus calendar, contacts list, and RSS feed reader too) sports a slick new icon, several major UI enhancements, and a surfeit of new layout and UI options, including a modern-looking carded look for the message list.

This is how Thunderbird 115 looks out-of-the-box on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS:

Some of the visual changes in Thunderbird 115

But with a couple of clicks you can get it to look like this:

Vertical mode, default density, cards enabled, status bar hidden

Beyond visuals, other improvements include new folder sorting modes, address book buffs, accessibility accommodations, more context menu actions, OpenPGP enhancements, OAuth2 support, and more – see the official release notes for the full skinny.

Thunderbird 115 was released back in July, but although Ubuntu ships the app in its default software set this update wasn’t packaged up and pushed out as a standard software update until now.


Time n’ testing, innit.

Upgrade to Thunderbird 115

Get the update where you get your other updates

If you use Ubuntu 20.04 or 22.04 LTS you can upgrade to Thunderbird 115 from Thunderbird 102 from the Software Updater tool or apt, if you prefer to use the command-line.

No exotic hoops to jump though; you don’t need to enable a repo, add a PPA, or switch to an alternative packaging format to get it.

That said, if you did enable a repo, add a PPA, or switched to an alternative packaging format to get it, you may prefer to stick with that version — after all, it’s technically the same thing anyway (and in the case of PPAs, you’ll need to uninstall or downgrade packages).

Don’t have Thunderbird installed on Ubuntu 20.04 or 22.04? You can install the DEB version from Ubuntu Software or run sudo apt install thunderbird from the Terminal app to get it.

Thanks Dan ?


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