How do I start an application as a service?

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http://askubuntu.com – So I would like a couple of applications to run as services when the machine reboots without the need to login, is this possible? Applications are: Thunderbird Mail xChat IRC This way my email filters will work and I can log the IRC channels I need if my machine restarts and I'm not able to login at the time. I have them configured to Auto Start when I login nut how can I add them as a service? (HowTos)