I just learned recently that there are no local download servers for Ubuntu packages here in the Philippines. In other words, for the past few months (or years), every apt-get install I do downloads the packages from the main Canonical server in UK.

And I thought my slow download speeds were just caused by this country’s crappy internet.

Anyway, the solution is simple. In Synaptic Package Manager, go to Settings -> Repositories and choose Other… from the “Download from” dropdown. This will open the Choose a Download Server window. Just click the Select Best Server and Ubuntu will ping all download servers, choosing the best server automatically.

select best server

This will probably select a Singaporean or Malaysian server depending on your connection.

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One Response to Select Best Download Server for Ubuntu Packages

  1. Joe says:

    i usually select taiwan or japan, it’s nearer somewhat :)

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