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June 25, 2007

The Top 10 Best Themes for Thunderbird 2.0

by @ 6:44 am. Filed under General Linux, My Opinion, review, Thunderbird
Introduction

Eyecandy is one of my favorite things. Ask Steve or Jason. I love for stuff to look just really slick. So I’m going through this Thunderbird article called “10 must-have Thunderbird Addons (+ 25 more) because I also like wicked-sick plugins with all the coolest stuff because I get extremely bored very quickly. After getting all the totally rocking extensions, I came back to the sexiness of the whole thing. If I could make my Thunderbird look like the Viper that I’ve always wanted, I’d be totally set. Pulling up the theme page on mozilla.org, lots and lots of themes jumped out at me. Granted, not all of them are compatible with Thunderbird 2.0, which is what I’m using. Nevertheless, I decided to download the most popular themes that are compatible with T-Bird 2 and give ’em a spin on my desktop here.

After a few moments, it became apparent to me that I could just as easily rush through it and quickly pick something on an impulse that appealed to me and call ‘er good. On the other hand, the possibility existed that we could go through them one by one, make a little spreadsheet with some criteria on it, and grade them on the things that are important to me, in the way that I perceive them. Because it is so subjective and highly personalized, it would come as a surprise to me if this information were useful to anyone but me. Nevertheless, the possibility that one person may find it useful and beneficial is enough for me to pour my heart out. Thus, I leave it in your hands to be exceedingly thankful for my generosity.

The criteria of my most excellent grading scale (of 1 to 10) are outlined, in detail, with full weights, explanation, footnotes, cross-references, and bibliography as follows:

The score for each category will be multiplied by the weight for that category. Each of these values will then be added all together for a total overall “Weighted Score.” With all of this deeply explanatory psychological underlying subliminally entrenched childhood tragedy now thoroughly worked out of my system, it may very well be possible to jump right into the cool stuff. With that, here we go.

#10 – Vista Mail

Thunderbird 2.0 with various extensions and the Vista Mail Theme

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#9 – miniBird

Thunderbird 2.0 with various extensions and the miniBird Theme

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#8 – Aquabird Redone

Thunderbird 2.0 with various extensions and the Aquabird Redone Theme

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#7 – Outlook 2003 SilverTB

Thunderbird 2.0 with various extensions and the  Theme

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#6 – Modern Modoki

Thunderbird 2.0 with various extensions and the Modern Modoki Theme

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#5 – Noia

Thunderbird 2.0 with various extensions and the Noia Theme

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#4 – Outlook 2003 BlueTB

Thunderbird 2.0 with various extensions and the Outlook 2003 BlueTB Theme

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#3 – Bible Blue-bird

Thunderbird 2.0 with various extensions and the  Theme

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#2 – Phoenity

Thunderbird 2.0 with various extensions and the Phoenity Theme

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#1 – Cobalt

Thunderbird 2.0 with various extensions and the Cobalt Theme

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Conclusion

All in all, these top 10 themes all have their strengths. Some of them have some more obvious flaws than others, but overall, they provide a collection of 10 great themes to have. Again, this evaluation was made solely according to my tastes. Take a look at the link to the themes I provided above. There are quite a bit more than the ones I covered here, but these are the 10 best according to my criteria, grading, and weights. Hopefully, this has been a somewhat insightful demonstration of a perfect way to waste 3 hours of your day.

4 Responses to “The Top 10 Best Themes for Thunderbird 2.0”

  1. Hylke Says:

    Don’t forget Tango theme for Thunderbird! 🙂

  2. Rufus Polson Says:

    They are nice themes . . . but I do get the impression that the “professional” portion of the criteria translates to “blue”. Don’t get me wrong, I like blue–but is that the *only* colour that can be professional? I suppose it may be true, in which case that’s an interesting comment on the aesthetics of professionalism.

  3. Scott Morris Says:

    Yeah, that could be true. Blue kind of seems like a professional color, but I’m sure it isn’t the only color that can be. I hadn’t noticed that but yeah…

  4. 7 Thunderbird Extensions that will allow you to replace Outlook « Admin’s notes Says:

    […] If you want to give Thunderbird some visual appeal, take a look at the Top 10 Best Themes for Thunderbird […]

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