Mozilla Thunderbird, Portable Edition Released

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Submitted by John T. Haller on November 21, 2008 - 2:32am

Thunderbird logoMozilla Thunderbird, Portable Edition has been released in English, Italian, German, French, Japanese and Simplified Chinese. It's the popular Mozilla Thunderbird email client bundled with a launcher as a portable app. This release updates Mozilla Thunderbird to and has an improved launcher and installer. It's packaged in Format so it can easily integrate with the Suite. And it's open source and completely free.

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portable_thunderbird_small.pngMozilla Thunderbird is the safe, fast email client that's easy to use. It has lots of great features including quick message search, customizable views, support for IMAP/POP, RSS support and more. Plus, the portable version leaves no personal information behind on the machine you run it on, so you can take your email and adress book with you wherever you go. Learn more about Mozilla Thunderbird...

New In This Release

The included Thunderbird has been updated to (release notes). The launcher has been updated to improve cleanup of empty profile/profiles directories and unreadmail keys that were previously deleted. The installer now preserves any installed GPG binaries.

GPG 1.4.9

GPG, in conjunction with the Enigmail extension, allows you to sign and encrypt your email. Learn more about GPG and Mozilla Thunderbird, Portable Edition. Installer / Format

Mozilla Thunderbird, Portable Edition is packaged in a Installer so it will automatically detect an existing installation when your drive is plugged in. It supports upgrades from Thunderbird Portable 1.5 & 2.0 by installing right over an existing copy, preserving all your email and settings. And it's in Format, so it automatically works with the Suite including the Menu and Backup Utility.


Mozilla Thunderbird, Portable Edition is available for immediate download from the Mozilla Thunderbird, Portable Edition homepage. You can get the German release from the German homepage and the French, Italian, Japanese and Simplified Chinese releases from the Localization page. Get it today!

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... the help file is in english.

But it seems that som locale settings are broken, cause in the German forum we get some hints about extension issues (localised befor 17 and english only sice the updates for 17 an 18).

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The helps files for all releases of TB have always been in English. The extension issue could not be reproduced in my testing nor did it make any sense logically since the installer and launcher don't mess with extensions.

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When useing thunderbird, I set it as my default email client.
But, It set the thunderbird.exe as the entry menu in my xp start menu which I surely don't want.
I am wondering if someone could make a change to this.

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Hi there

love the apps, but can someone tell me how i can change the fonts of sunbird and thunderbird

at the moment the default font for all the buttons is some awful attempt at joined up writing.

can someone please tell me how to change this, as its unusable for me at the moment.

Thanks in advance

in sunbird advanced user content: goto tools/options/advanced/aboutconfig, search for font.default.x-yyy (yyy can be UTF8) you can change the one fontname for your
default setting eg utf8 from serif to Times New Roman or else -> I don´t recommand messing with the about:config unless you have a backup of your data folder and at least know what you are doing! I have some doubt about That...
thunderbird: tools/options/view/formatting-fonts and coding

Perhaps there´s a corruption in your apps that they don´t show the fonts correctly or is it just the font that annoys you?

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thanks for the response

This seems to be an issue when using wine to run the app.

It seems ok on windows. Its not the font of the text for writing emails and such, its the font for the icons at the top of the screen (i.e get mail, write, address book) thats the problem.

and any text inside menus and such.

gonna test it with ubuntu+wine this evening and come back..
AFAIK simeon uses wine with linux, he never reported this problem.Anybody else can confirm?
So, till later..
I´m back:
ubuntu 8.10,installed on a winxpsp3 with wubi.exe, newest stable wine:
no fonts issue, looks pretty good, perhaps time to change your linux settings/distribution?

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