How To Install Instantbird (IM Client) in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal?

Are you addicted to Internet Messaging so much that your mom has to IM you whenever the dinner is ready? (just kidding, so it in a movie :D). Anyhow, if you use GNU/Linux as your primary operating system and use a lot of IM clients such as AIM, MSN, Jabber, etc nonetheless, then other than using application after application for each IM client protocol... shouldn't you be be using an IM clients that supports various protocols by default thus you can have a single command center which makes managing things more easier?.

In that case you might be interested in an IM client that uses the Mozilla XUL runner, GUI written in GTK+ and it's a cross-platform application thus you can run it in GNU/Linux, MS Windows and Mac OSX as well.

Main features...

*. Easy to use, cleaner interface.

*. It supports protocols such as - AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Google Talk, Facebook and Twitter at the moment.

*. Tabbed interface for managing conversions... it'll be like using a web browser in Tabs rather than in different windows which makes the whole IM thing :) much easier.

*. If you don't like the theme (if it doesn't fit well with your current desktop theme for instance) then simply download the one according to your preference from hundreds of free themes.

*. Drag and drop support (especially for managing contacts).

*. Built in Add-on support - With this, again like with a web browser, you can expand its capabilities as simple as downloading and applying the add-ons.

You can install Instantbird in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal by entering the below command in your Terminal window (not sure... but it may work on 10.10/10.04 too).
sudo apt-get install instantbird


Anonymous said...

and how do I install the new themes? Not finsing how anywhere. :(

Gayan said...


You can get themes from their official website using the below link...

After downloading, on Instantbird's menu,

go to: "Tools" and you should see a window similar to the last one.

Then click on the "Appearance" tab and simply drag-n-drop the downloaded ".jar" files... that should do it (you may need to restart it).

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