I am running LMDE/Vista (both 64-bit) dual boot on my laptop. My goal here is to be able to access my Thunderbird mail files and Google calendars from either platform. Here's what I have installed:
- Thunderbird 3.1.7
Provider for Google Calendar 0.7.1
- Thunderbird 3.1.7 (x86_64)
Provider for Google Calendar 0.7
- Icedove 3.0.11 (x86_64)
Provider for Google Calendar 0.6b1
Thunderbird works just fine on Windows and both Thunderbird and Icedove are fine on LMDE. I have set up my thunderbird.ini and icedove.ini files in LMDE to both point to the same location on my Windows partition. As such, all three versions read the same mail folders. That's great. So far, so good.
My dilemma comes when I try to use Lightning/Iceowl in LMDE:
Lightning just doesn't seem to work at all with Thunderbird. It displays a blank calendar. I cannot add either a local or network (Google) calendar. The right-click menu opens OK to display "New Calendar...", "Find Calendar...", etc. However, none of the menu items execute anything. I've searched around and found that Lightning doesn't work in the Linux 64-bit environment. The Icedove/Iceowl combo works great, linking very quickly to my Google calendars. Note: When opening Icedove after running Thunderbird, I have to uninstall Lightning and Provider for GC and reinstall Iceowl and Provider for GC when starting Icedove. This uninstall/reinstall has to be done again when going from Icedove on LMDE back to Thunderbird on Vista.
So, it seems that Thunderbird/Lightning/Provider for GC works just fine on the Vista platform. And Thunderbird/Icedove/Iceowl are equally great (actually, a bit better) on the LMDE platform. The problem is I cannot switch between Thunderbird/Lightning/Provider for GC on Vista and Icedove/Iceowl/Provider for GC on LMDE without uninstalling and reinstalling the calendar and Google add-ons each time I change platforms. I suppose this has something to do with using the same profile folders for both systems.
Anyone have suggestions on how to make Thunderbird/Lightning/Google Calendar on Vista play nicely with Icedove/Iceowl/Google Calendar on LMDE? Would I have better luck with Lightning on LMDE 32-bit?