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Portable Sunbird win32 run with Wine in Ubuntu April 14, 2008

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Now, of course, you’d ask why is it necessary, if you can simply install one from the repositories with no hassle?

Because if you are changing hosts computers all the time at work like me, which takes you far from Linux many a time, it’s handy to have a runnable portableapps.com USB-stick you carry your stuff on. You can get lots of win32 Open Source applications to you liking.

When I am back at home it’s just handy to instead of sharing calendar files between different instances of Sunbird, you can run and modify your portable calendar right from your USB-stick with wine, a windows emulator for Linux. See winehq.org for more info.

However, I came across one nuisance: as soos as you start win32 portable Sunbird with Wine, the main window won’t minimize (certainly only a bug in Wine implementation). But it works otherwise!

Import Outlook mail to Thunderbird on Linux: how-to April 11, 2008

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I update this article to reflect the recent changes to Thunderbird.

In the past, the only, and somewhat tricky, way to migrate your Outlook mail to Thunderbird would have been to:

1) Import your Outlook .pst folder into OutlookExpress on Windows.
2) On Windows install Thunderbird.
3) Thunderbird for Windows has got an import Mail from OutlookExpress wizard. Do it.
4) Get the imported Thunderbird folders from Windows to your Linux counterpart.

But now it is the thing of the past:

I am excited to have just found out that the new version of Thunderbird (2.0.0.12) on Windows has got a beautiful Outlook mail import wizard. A welcome development!

However, the only inconvenience I experienced was, I was unable to import a .pst file without Outlook already being installed on the machine.

It would be much better to bypass Outlook check altogether (say, I’ve got a .pst file backup only). We are yet to see if it’ll become possible in the future.