Ubuntu is not the only Linux distribution out there. You can install Thunderbird on any Linux distribution using that distribution's package manager. For example, use YaST in OpenSUSE or yum in Fedora.
The system requirements for other Linux distributions are the same as the requirements for Ubuntu.
Thunderbird will not run without the following libraries or packages installed on your computer:
Mozilla recommends that a Linux system also have the following libraries or packages installed:
If your distribution's package manager does not have the latest version of Thunderbird, you can download the software from the Thunderbird Web site at http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/thunderbird/. Click the download link on the main page of the Web site:
Your browser then downloads a compressed file (called an archive) to your computer with a file name like Thunderbird-3.1.5.tar.bz2.
$ cp -a directory/filename /usr/local
$ cd /usr/local $ tar -xjvf filename.tar.bz2
$ rm filename
$ ln -s ../../usr/local/thunderbird/thunderbird /usr/bin/thunderbird
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