SeaMonkey 2.0.2 / EnigMail 1.0.1 for Ubuntu X86_64

There's no 64-bit download for SeaMonkey on the official Mozilla site. I've built versions for x86_64 on Ubuntu 9.10.
Also available is the OpenPGP extension.

Netbook Security

My daughter got a Lenovo netbook for school use, and I realised that there were no instructions on how best to keep it updated and secure, so I wrote this for other parents.
Of course it's pretty much general advice on how to keep a Windows XP machine updated, so applies to just about everybody.
It's also available as a downloadable pdf, download it here.
I hope this is of some use.

Enigmail Handbook released

Daniele Raffo has produced a superb handbook for users of Enigmail. Rainydayz are pleased to announce that an online version is now available on our site.

Whilst all attempts at maintaining consistency have been made, in cases of inconsistency between the pdf and the online versions it is the pdf version that is the definitive version.

Don't Drive Tired

After a traumatic journey - which involved one of the cats escaping at a rest stop in Denmark, a blowout on the German autobahn and French customs officials being dissatisfied with the pet passports at Boulogne - we (myself, my wife and my daughter) finally arrived back in the UK just before midnight on 4th August.
We set off to continue our journey to Bristol, but we were very tired so decided to heed the "Don't Drive Tired" signs and take a break at the motorway services. We stopped at the MOTO services at Reading West.

Profile: Andy Ruddock

The lead developer of Dr Solomon's Magic Bullet is Andy Ruddock. Andy brings to the large Dr Solomon's development team a deep knowledge of the way PCs work at a very low level.

Andy on the phone

A quick look at the the virus 'top twenty' shows that macro viruses don't yet have it all their own way. There are still perennial old favourites like Empire.Monkey, Parity Boot, and AntiEXE infecting customers' computer systems.

Quotes by Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was one of the greatest minds ever, but still had a funny side :

  • “The secret of creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”
  • “Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity.”
  • “If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”
  • “I don't know, I don't care, and it doesn't make any difference!”

Building Enigmail for SeaMonkey in Ubuntu 8.10 (AMD64)

I've previously documented the process "Building Enigmail for SeaMonkey in Ubuntu 8.10" and the problems which I had to solve to get a working system.

I then went on to build an AMD64 build of the Enigmail plugin as I'm using the AMD64 install of Ubuntu 8.10. And, of course, I started off by following my earlier recipe to build the i686 32-bit version.

This went well, until I installed Enigmail, where I encountered an error that indicated the enigmime modules was unavailable.

Building Enigmail for SeaMonkey in Ubuntu 8.10

I like SeaMonkey - I've used it for years (since the days of Netscape Communicator), but I also like using GnuPG signing and encryption of my mail. There's no enigmail package for Ubuntu 8.10 so I had to go and roll my own.

Here's the procedure I followed to build my own Enigmail package for Ubuntu :

Building Enigmail for Debian Etch AMD64

I like the Mozilla suite but missed having a working EnigMail. As I'm running Debian on an AMD64 and there's no working EnigMail for i386 I figured I had a snowball's chance in hell.

I tried working from the Debian packages for IceDove and from the packages from the previous release for Mozilla-EnigMail without success.

I then found a link to a page with info on how to achieve this, so I've reproduced it here along with downloadable configuration files and an installable .XPI for Debian Etch AMD64.

Installing the OpenSKS keyserver

I've been trying to install a PGP keyserver for some time, then found sks.
It's in the Ubuntu repositories, so actually installing it is a breeze :

# sudo apt-get install sks

However, configuring it is a little more complicated, here are the steps I took :

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