I downloaded the tar of thunderbird from the website, unpacked it and tried doing the normal ./configure...etc...but the command told me that there wasn't a configure file. I went to the Thunderbird site and it gave different directions than I've ever used before. I'm not sure if I install properly....here's what I did
Moved tar to my home folder
Thunderbird came up and I went through setting up my email account
Now the issue is that from what I can see the only way for me to really start up Thunderbird is to go to prompt, get into the Thunderbird file and type in ./thunderbird every time. The email accounts are still there but there is no icon anywhere, no entry in Applications (running Ubuntu). Did I do this right? It just seems weird that it wouldn't add any kind of shortcut anywhere for it.
Also I found instruction on how to get my mail moved from my windows thunderbird to Ubuntu account, but the folders that it tells me to look for don't exist in Ubuntu at all...the instructions are below
If you're using GNOME, the Nautilus file manager will come up. Go to the View menu and select Show Hidden Files. Now find the folder called .thunderbird and open it. Inside of that folder is another folder with a bunch of random characters; open it. From there, open the Mail folder. There you should see yet another folder, but this one will have your email account as its title. Open that, then open the CD icon on your desktop. You should now have two open windows -- the one you just navigated to, and your backup CD. Drag and drop your Inbox and Sent files from the CD to the first window. Once they are copied, close the CD window, then select the Inbox and Sent files that you just copied. Right-click them, select Properties from the popup dialogue, and change their file permissions so that they may be written to (files that were stored on a CD will, by default, be unwritable when you copy them to your hard drive).
Thanks all. Much appreciated