But what if you want that Thunderbird instance to be also minimized? There is not an easy or direct way to do that, at least not a native Thunderbird startup using switches, neither native plugins.
But if still want the minimized Thunderbird at the system startup, look no more, you can accomplish that in few lines of code. The hard work is already done.
The solution provided is based on a simple yet effective python script that send the "minimize" command to an open window.
How to run a minimized instance of Thunderbird at the Ubuntu startupDownload the python script, hard link it to /usr/local/bin, make it executable and add two entries to the Startup Applications.
sudo apt install wmctrl xdotool cd ~ && wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/b247/b247/master/minimize_me.py sudo ln minimize_me.py /usr/local/bin/minimize_me && sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/minimize_me
|Pop!OS Startup Applications|
Name: Thunderbird minimized
Command: minimize_me thunderbird
Many thanks to:
Jacob Vlijm from askubuntu.com for the python script and to #ubuntu and #ubuntu-ro comunity for guidance.