Is there anywhere I can donate to help Lightning get updated to work with the latest version of Thunderbird? Not having the ability to see event invitiations at all is just not acceptible at work.
I know about Evolution.
@forteller I had the same problem and posted about it on Mastodon. Let me see if I can find the thread with the solution
@forteller damn it there was actually an answer in this thread that told me to install some complicated sounding debian package but that comment seems to be gone :(
@forteller I was having similar problems, it's a bit of a mess but TL;DR: Lighting is now part of Thunderbird but if you had Lighting installed as an add-on then things break. See: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/calendar-updates-issues-thunderbird
The config fix worked for me on one TB install but for another I gave up and created a new, clean, profile 😿
@colonel_sponsz I have a brand new clean install of Thunderbird. There's no calendar function that I can see, and even worse: Invitation e-mails are totally blank. There's not even an attachemnt you can download to use elsewhere (if there even was an elsewhere to use it, which there doesn't seem to be. Calendar does nothing when opening an .ics file).
@forteller Uuurgh, that sucks. There's definitely some bugs in what's going on with TB/Lightning at the moment.
@forteller it's actually bundled by default with recent versions of Thunderbird.
I got caught out by this as well when I wrote a Linux Format tutorial on mail clients last year. There were enough angry emails about it for me to add a correction to a semi-related tutorial two months later to mend some fences 🤦♂️
They don't say anything on the Lightning website, and in the Thunderbird docs it's a wiki page linked to from a wiki page that's been deprecated.
@bobstechsite confusions primarily due to the switch to the Thunderbird Foundation though? Best location AFAIK for help/discussion on Tbird is Discourse: https://discourse.mozilla.org/c/thunderbird Around the time of your article there might not have been the switch over to thunderbird.net yet?
There were also some versions around that time where people still had to manually activate it and/or add extra connectors, so it was a bit of a mess!
Recent builds seem much more sane. Hopefully if they haven't already done so they'll fix their docs too.
@bobstechsite @zyx I have a brand new clean install of Thunderbird 60.2.1. There's no calendar function that I can see, and even worse: Invitation e-mails are totally blank. There's not even an attachemnt you can download to use elsewhere (if there even was an elsewhere to use it, which there doesn't seem to be. Calendar does nothing when opening an .ics file).
The version of Thunderbird I use at work (52.7) and on my home machine (60.2.1) both look and behave differently!
On my home machine it seems to have disabled the Lightning add-on because it's not compatible. WTF?!
Instead of automatically fixing it, apparently we have to: reset an obscure config, uninstall the lightning add-on, restart Thunderbird then let it reinstall Lightning
I'm going to try uninstalling through my package manager and then installing it direct from the deb on thunderbird.net
@bobstechsite @zyx What? I appreciate your efforts here, but I'm afraid I don't understand what this means. And my main point is that this needs to work out of the box for normal people to even consider using Linux. Which is what I care about, we need to reach the masses with FLOSS. So I'd still rather put some money into some sort of bounty or something to get this fixed for everyone
Basically, my steps:
* download tar.bz2 file from "free download" link on Thunderbird.net
* extract to home directory
* run ./thunderbird from ~/thunderbird
And I agree. I suspect the easier way is to probably install it as a snap if you're using a variant of Ubuntu:
sudo snap install thunderbird
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