Terrible mirroring user experience

Clint Byrum clint at ubuntu.com
Mon May 2 04:54:25 UTC 2011

Excerpts from Someone Somebody's message of Sun May 01 12:36:58 -0700 2011:
> Ubuntu has a lot of mirrors but it seems no one has considered that at times
> some mirrors become slow, it's so slow that's it's impossible for me to
> download nor install ubuntu.
> I'm talking about the il.archive.ubuntu.com mirror and the ISOC mirror.
> But the problem here is that there is no option whatsoever to select a
> different mirror to download the iso from nor is it possible to choose a
> mirror to use during install, even if I run in LiveCD mode and change the
> mirror in synaptic's repositories settings the installer ignores them.
> This is really a bad user experience design decision, some mirrors can be
> slow at times and a user should be allowed to switch to a different one in
> such case not be forced to download the iso in other means and skip
> downloading additional packages during installation which I have no idea
> what sort of impact it will have on my installed system.

"Someone", there are *many* ways to download the ISO other than from
your most local mirror. On release day and for a bit of time after the
release, its expected that the mirrors will be slow. Your best bet is
to use a bittorrent client to download the ISO, which should actually
get *faster* with more people downloading, though it will require you
to saturate your upstream connection.

Note that this link is mentioned off the main download page as the
"Alternate Downloads"


Once you have the CD, you have all of the default applications. Anything
else may, indeed, be from a very busy mirror. A bit of patience is in
order, as there's not much anybody can do when millions of users decide
to upgrade from the mirrors all on the same day. :)

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