Is there any way to speed up apt-get ?

s.roman s.roman at
Wed Mar 2 04:47:50 UTC 2005

In new york city, you can barely get anything above 5Mbps, and that's
lucky. Most people with broadband only have 2 or 3Mbps, although
Verizon is releasing Fiber at 15Mbps, but that's not gonna happen for
quite some time. I'm surprised you can get 20Mbps so easily. Lots of
people here still use free 56k connections, or even (gasp!) AOL

On Wed, 02 Mar 2005 00:15:37 +0100, Vincent Trouilliez
<vincent.trouilliez at> wrote:
> > I guess I need to move to Finland. I'm in London and have one of the
> > fastest options available (Blueyonder cable, 1Mbps).
> No need to go to Finland, just go down here in Frogland, weather is
> better anyway !! ;o)
> > Oh, well, there goes my illusions about being on the cutting edge.
> Being in London, I would assume you would get the best speeds. Hmmm, I
> did recently talk to a linux friend in the UK near Swindon, he did
> mention that they didn't yet have our speeds, and had only 1Mbps at
> work, but that it would come soon.
> You will probably get 20mbps like the rest of us, soon, probably this
> year.
> Actually I am surprised, I left the UK 4 years ago, and even back then I
> remember seeing ads for 2Mbps ADSL connections, at the time in France,
> we only just started to get affordable 512K ADSL !
> I guess we now have the lead, probably not for long ;o) a matter of a
> few months I assume....
> But you are right, 1Mbps gives me a reliable 125KB/s, which is quite
> good. It often takes more time for Synaptic to load the database at
> startup, install the package, and update the database again, than it
> takes to actually download the package !! :o)
> Vince
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