Can't start thunderbird

I’ve downloaded and installed thunderbird on Suse10.3, but can’t get it to run.

I extracted the .tar.bz2 file in /usr/local, and it seemed to install itself OK. It did actually run the first time.

Now I cannot get it to run at all, either from the desktop or as root from a command line. I get the dancing icon in the taskbar as though it’s starting up, then that disappears and there’s no sign of thunderbird running.

Please can someone tell me what is probably obvious, i.e. what I need to modify and where?

toastrack wrote:
> I’ve downloaded and installed thunderbird on Suse10.3

first, openSUSE 10.3 is no longer supported by the
community…therefore, you should select and install a supported
version (11.0, 11.1 or 11.2)…

or perhaps you have SUSE Enterprise Linux Desktop SP3! also known as
SLED v10 sp3, to learn please return with the output of this command:

cat /etc/SuSE-release

if it doesn’t say something like openSUSE 10.3 VERSION = 10.3
then you have SLED and should seek assistance in the maker and
distributor of that product here:

second: you should not routinely download and install from tarballs,
instead you should use YaST and let it install from RPMs it gets from
the openSUSE repos…yes, i know that doesn’t work so well for 10.3
because those repos have been aged out…(however, there is one still
working at so you may
try it)

third, to learn what is going with YOUR install, open a terminal and
type in thunderbird and press enter…any errors will come to the
terminal screen and then you can try to solve the discovered errors…

but, recognize the community does not support openSUSE 10.3, so if no
one answers . . . you will probably know why.

if you REALLY must keep 10.3 you really need to know more about how to
manage it and keep it safe…i think i keep my 10.3 safe enough for
me, but i’m not likely to try to administer yours from afar, for free
(and anyway, i’m sure i’d charge more per hour than you would be
willing to pay)

if you are running on old/weak hardware and need something lighter
than openSUSE just say so, i have a long list of less resource hungry

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And of course you should NEVER run a beast like thunderbird as root. When you have the habit using root in thisway often, everything can be wrong in your system.