Thunderbird 3 and lightning

Dear All,
TB 3 is now original on 11.2 version.
Th point is that lightning isn’t compatible with it.
Is it a way to use it ? When?
Many thanks in advance

At home and at work (Fedora 11 and openSUSE 11.2 systems respectively) I found a 1.0pre build that works with TB3. The difficulty was finding a 64-bit build. There is at least one person who had one, but it is annoying that Mozilla don’t recognise 64-bit Linux and don’t have nightlies of it.

I found a Lightning 64 bit build at Index of /pub/

However when I try to use it to install on a friend’s Toshiba P505 that runs 11.2 - 2.6.32-0.1-desktop x86-64 * I get the following error:

“Lightning” could not be installed because it is not compatible with your Thunderbird build type (Linux_x86_64-gcc3). Please contact the author of this item about the problem.

Maybe you’ll have better luck.

  • I wouldn’t normally use such a “bleeding edge” setup, but I couldn’t get the wireless NIC to work any other way, so I’m stuck with this kernel.

My Google provider doesn’t seem to work (something about requiring additional items - not sure what) but the Lightning extension works for me. I’ve got MozillaThunderbird-3.0.0-1.1.1.x86_64 and kernel-desktop- installed. Good to see Mozilla finally caught up with 64-bit!

[edit] This Google provider seems to work with the beta of Lightning. Not sure why, but the provider in the folder seems to be 0.6pre, not 0.6b1 and so doesn’t match with Lightning.

The 64 bit linux download linked to in this blog entry for Lightning 1.0 Beta 1 worked for me:

Calendar Weblog: More news on the Lightning 1.0 beta1 update

That’s the same build as the one that was posted above, although only “updated” GDATA provider worked for me, not the contributed version.

Running openSUSE 11.2 with KDE 4.4 RC2 and Thunderbird 3.0.1-9.1. From the following location I downloaded Lightning 1.0b2pre for Linux on x86_64 (build date 12-Jan-2010):

Index of /~seuffert/mozilla

I am able to post events and have not experienced instability as yet. It remains to be seen how this works over the next couple of weeks, but you might want to give it a try if you’re feeling adventurous.

Extension ThunderBirthDay 0.3.3, which depends on Lightning, was already installed but auto-disabled since a functional version of Lightning was not present. When I installed Lightning 1.0b2pre, ThunderBirthDay was enabled automatically. Haven’t seen evidence so far that ThunderBirthDay is reading the necessary information from address book entries, but I plan to “assign” near-term birthdays to a few friends and then wait to see whether the notifications appear on the appropriate days.

Can you report your findings? I’ve been holding off on upgrading T’bird but would do so if I thought Lightning was fully useable.

I’ve been using the 64-bit versions of Thunderbird 3.0.1-9.1 and Lightning 1.0b2pre for ten days now. The combination has been quite stable, and calendar notifications function as expected.

As noted above, I’m also using ThunderBirthDay 0.3.3, and birthdays DO appear on the calendar AFTER I subscribed to the birthday calendar as described in the extension documentation:

Documentation |

The calendar subscription feature also allowed me to add the ski/snowboard club calendar, which is published in iCal format (.ICS) on Google Groups. I’m a VERY happy camper!

Thanks for the feedback. Sounds good. Guess I’ll make the leap now.