Firefox and Thunderbird switch... (Switched to fix broken spell-check, now it works in Mozilla but not Thunderbird)

While rebuilding Rosey's machine, I decided to see if I couldn't get Firefox and Thunderbird working on my machine. Problem I've been having is that there's nothing in the UI for the mail client (Thunderbird) for importing Mozilla 1.7 settings and messages (though there's lots for importing from other mail clients).

Anyway, it does appear that the only way to move from Mozilla to Thunderbird is to copy the files in the profile directory. But, and this is the neat thing, since the two programs can use the same prefs.js, you can just copy the one file (well, almost, more below) and then Thunderbird will share the folders with Mozilla Mail.

However, that doesn't copy over the Mozilla address book, so there's the potential for version skew there. I haven't been able to get Thunderbird to install the Canadian English spell-checker. Ironically, it was the broken spell-checker in Mozilla that finally prompted me to switch to Thunderbird, but while trying to get it to install in Thunderbird I managed to figure out what was wrong with it in Mozilla (silly UI design will sit there saying "no dictionary" when one is installed, waiting for you to select that one).

The download manager seems to be a giant leap backward. Beyond the dubious "default to saving to the desktop" behaviour (who does that?) It's incredibly slow to display, and doesn't give you any metadata about the downloads (e.g. size, location, etceteras). I was hoping there was an extension that would give me back the Mozilla one, but didn't find it.


  1. x

    x on 07/19/2004 11:10 a.m. #

    Firefox, firefox. I agree about the download manager. But it has the nice pretty icons... so it must be better. Other things that firefox cut which makes it less useful for me: security manager, and form manager. Probably at least the security manager is stil lin there, but there's no interface anymore. <br />
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    But firefox starts up so much faster than mozilla... that's it's main benefit... alas. Especially on windows (the difference doesn't seem that great on FreeBSD).<br />
    Extension manager seems a bit better.<br />
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    Haven't played with thunderbird enough to know the diff between it and mozilla mail.

  2. Mike Fletcher

    Mike Fletcher on 07/19/2004 4:27 p.m. #

    Haven't noticed a huge difference in startup time for Firefox versus Navigator. Thunderbird seems much slower than Mozilla Mail was, I'm wondering if Thunderbird doesn't keep anything resident while Mail could benefit from the Navigator resident libraries.

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