Thunderbird 115 Release

Hey all,

Seeing that Thunderbird did a big release and wondering if we will see that in the pipeline any time soon?

Quoting the thunderbird website about the update:

Thunderbird version 115.0 is only offered as direct download from thunderbird.net and not as an upgrade from Thunderbird version 102 or earlier. A future release will provide updates from earlier versions.

The Fedora package is at version 102, so you will have to either wait a while or build version 115 from source.

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Or what for the Flatpak. It should be here any day.

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Hopefully they can provide it and pack it.

Well, Thunerbird Bin from thunderbird.net already there, so we can upgrade manually by replacing the bin folder tho?

EDIT: The design under xfce spin with no CSD is ugly as hell… :confused:

I will stick with 102 longer

If you want to upgrade manually, remove the dnf/flatpak version first then build from source (or use the provided binary).
I prefer to wait the package to land in Fedora’s repos.

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Remembering some angry voices when we last did the rebase to 102.x in a stable release because older ESR would not be supported anymore by Mozilla, where it was suggested that FESCo would have to approve an exception to do such, I’m not very keen on jumping through those hoops. But eventually maybe would.

Here’s what I’ve done to use the new build until it’s in Fedora’s repos.

  1. I downloaded the 115 binary from thunderbird.net and saved in my /home/<username>/bin/ directory.
  2. Then I copied the /usr/share/applications/mozilla-thunderbird.desktop file over to my /home/<username>/.local/share/applications/ folder.
  3. Finally, I edited /home/<username>/.local/share/applications/mozilla-thunderbird.desktop to execute the thunderbird 115 binary in my /home/<username>/bin/ folder. You may have to pass it the -P parameter to specify the Thunderbird profile.

Once Thunderbird 115 is in the Fedora repos, I’ll delete the .desktop file and Thunderbird binary from my home directory.

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These are correct and helpful instructions for installing Thunderbird locally and close to the official instructions to install it system-wide, which I’m quoting here as a reference (note that the commands in steps 4, 5, and 6 need to be run with sudo):

  1. Go to the Thunderbird’s download page and click on the Free Download button.

  2. Open a terminal and go to the folder where your download has been saved. For example:

    cd ~/Downloads
    
  3. Extract the contents of the downloaded file by typing:

    tar xjf thunderbird-*.tar.bz2
    
  4. Move the uncompressed Thunderbird folder to /opt:

    mv thunderbird /opt
    
  5. Create a symlink to the Thunderbird executable:

    ln -s /opt/thunderbird/thunderbird /usr/local/bin/thunderbird
    
  6. Download a copy of the desktop file:

    wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mozilla/sumo-kb/main/installing-thunderbird-linux/thunderbird.desktop -P /usr/local/share/applications
    

    Alternatively, if wget is not installed on your computer, go to the URL mentioned above, right-click on the page to open the contextual menu and select Save Page As. After you downloaded the file, move it to /usr/local/share/applications.

To verify that the installation was successful, click the menu button , click Help and select More Troubleshooting Information. In the Application Basics section of the Troubleshooting Information page, the value of Application Binary should be /opt/thunderbird/thunderbird-bin

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How long does it usually take for updates like this to become part of the official Fedora Repos?

Major package updates: next Fedora release, see Updates policy :: Fedora Docs

Edit: There will likely be an exception for this package upgrade since the current Thunderbird (v. 102) won’t be supported through the entire life cycles of F37 and F38. See my link in post below.

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Is that true even for the “updates” repo? Fedora 35 (amongst other releases) was upgraded from Thunderbird 91 to 102.

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Flathub stable version of Thunderbird has been updated to 115.0.1! :partying_face:

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# dnf list thunderbird --releasever 35
Available Packages
thunderbird.x86_64                                                                        102.5.0-1.fc35                                                                        updates

and for fedora 38

# dnf list thunderbird
Last metadata expiration check: 0:06:08 ago on Wed 26 Jul 2023 03:31:47 PM CDT.
Available Packages
thunderbird.x86_64                                                                       102.13.0-1.fc38                                                                        updates

I just looked at it appears to still be 102.
Thunderbird | Flathub

Huh. Well it updated on my system to 115. Maybe the website is not updated?

~ flatpak list | grep Thunderbird
Thunderbird     org.mozilla.Thunderbird 115.0.1 stable  flathub system
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flatpak remote-ls flathub --app | grep Thunderbird                                                                                                                                                                             

shows: Thunderbird org.mozilla.Thunderbird 115.0.1 stable

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I’m not sure what you’re trying to say here. My point was that Thunderbird 102 was made available in the Fedora 35 repos (as you show) even though Fedora 35 couldn’t possibly have launched with it as it came out in November 2021 and Thunderbird 102 was released in June 2022.

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Thunderbird version 115 is in the pipeline for Fedora 37 and 38. See https://koji.fedoraproject.org/koji/packageinfo?packageID=39

This is great news! As a very longtime daily thunderbird user (since 2006), I’m loving these new UI updates and I very much hope the maintainers will continue to update it in the repos. I also imagine it will be a lot less effort for maintainers to target one newer version across Fedora releases than multiple concurrent versions. Flatpak are a great alternative for those who want to stick on a particular version.

Edit - It seems Thunderbird is also in modularity, so people who want to stay on 102 can set dnf to the thunderbird 102 module to stay on 102 for now.

Fedora 35 was released in November 2021 as you noted. It was supported and fully updated thru November 2022, so it certainly should have gotten Thunderbird 102 in the updates repo (and did).