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Ubuntu 15.04 comes with Thunderbird version 31.7.0, but the current latest stable version is 38.0.1 (date: 1st July 2015).

$ apt-cache policy thunderbird
thunderbird:
  Installed: 1:31.7.0+build1-0ubuntu0.15.04.1
  Candidate: 1:31.7.0+build1-0ubuntu0.15.04.1
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  1. Does it make sense to update?
  2. Why does Ubuntu not provide the latest version in its repository?
  3. How can I get it without too much pain?
  • They probably just have a lot of software to update all the time, and not many hands on deck. – user364819 Jul 1 '15 at 20:31
  • That's a three in one question :) – A.B. Jul 1 '15 at 20:38
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  1. It makes sense!
  2. Maybe the new design???
  3. Using a PPA:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/thunderbird-next
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
    
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  • Wonderful! It worked as a charm, not any problem and no pain to type or remember! Thank you. :D – Byte Commander Jul 1 '15 at 20:50
  • "This PPA contains releases of Thunderbird from the beta channel" – HongboZhu Jun 6 '16 at 9:32

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