How to Install Thunderbird on CentOS 8 & Ubuntu 20

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What is Thunderbird?

Thunderbird is one of the most widely used open-source email clients in the world. Mozilla originally developed the software in 2004, but the project waned in 2014/15, and Mozilla stated that they would only deliver security and maintenance updates in the future. Until recently, the community maintained the software when a Mozilla Foundation subsidiary, MZLA Technologies Corporation, took over. Today, the improvements in security and stability are very much appreciated, and since version 78, Thunderbird has built-in OpenPGP encryption technology enabled by default. Earlier versions used the available PGP technology, but it needed to be installed as a supplemental plugin. 

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How To Modify an Existing Email Account in Thunderbird

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How To Set Up a New Email Account in Thunderbird

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How to Setup Email on Thunderbird

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Pre-Flight Check
  • These instructions are intended specifically for setting up e-mail on Thunderbird.
  • I’ll be working from Thunderbird version 24.5.
  • If these instructions don’t quite work for you, check out our tutorial on setting up other e-mail clients.
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How To Set up Any Email Client

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Configuring an Alternate Port for Outgoing Mail Traffic

Reading Time: 3 minutesMany large ISPs restrict the access to port 25 on their networks to attempt to stem the tide of spam sent out from compromised computers.  If your ISP is restricting access to port 25 you will not be able to send e-mail through your server, but by enabling SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) on a different port, like 26, it may be possible to circumvent the restriction. Continue reading “Configuring an Alternate Port for Outgoing Mail Traffic”