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i can not install thunderbird.tar.bz2 , after i extract the file, make command not work. this error appears:

XXXXX@ubuntu:~$ sudo make
KBUILD_NOPEDANTIC=1 make -C /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build M=`pwd`
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.38-8-generic'
  CC [M]  /home/XXXXX/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.o
/home/XXXXX/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c: In function ‘wl_attach’:
/home/XXXXX/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c:485:3: error: implicit declaration of function ‘init_MUTEX’
make[2]: *** [/home/XXXXX/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.o] Error 1
make[1]: *** [_module_/home/XXXXX] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.38-8-generic'
make: *** [all] Error 2
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Did you first try installing from Software Center? – Chakra May 13 '11 at 10:30
@Chakra no i didn't. – real May 13 '11 at 13:42

Why install the tar version of Thunderbird?

Thunderbird is available in Ubuntu Software Center:


This is the best version for Ubuntu and has been tested by many many users before you.

EDIT If you want bleeding edge: Thunderbird 5 hits beta and a PPA has been provided for Ubuntu 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04.


  1. New Addons Manager and extension management API (user interface will be changed before final release)
  2. Tabs can now be reordered and dragged to different windows
  3. Revised account creation wizard, offering improved set-up
  4. Attachment sizes now displayed along with attachments
  5. New troubleshooting information page to aid supporting and diagnosing problems in Thunderbird
  6. Plugins can now be loaded in RSS feeds by default


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

As should be expected when using development releases, be aware that some extensions installed in earlier builds of Thunderbird may be incompatible and/or require updates to work with Thunderbird Beta.

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thanks a lot Rinzwind – real May 13 '11 at 13:41
@real if the answer suits you best please tag the green button :) – Rinzwind May 15 '11 at 1:46

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