[xubuntu-users] software updates so slow they don't happen

James Freer jessejazza3.uk at gmail.com
Wed Aug 13 17:39:03 UTC 2014

On Wed, 13 Aug 2014, Teague wrote:

> Hi There
> I have been using ubuntu distributions now for a while (10 years - still a 
> newbie as I've had very little problems for years(love it)) and recently( 
> about 6months ago) my updates and installing new software take ages...days 
> for only KB of updates????
> I have tried changing the mirrors....tried a different one every day for 
> months...no change
> I even tried different linux computers...I have converted many a windows user 
> to linux and they are all having the same issues, with various ubuntu distros 
> on different computers using different routers and internet speeds.... (10.04 
> x/ubuntu to 14.04....)
> Some of theese people have also tried different download mirrors with no 
> change....
> So it is in my opinion that due to all these random computers and internet 
> access points there is a fault with the mirrors or something....Searching the 
> internet, I have read about IVP6 could be an issue...not sure what to do 
> about that. the only other common denominator with all these systems is that 
> they all reside in South Africa and all our internet/phone call traffic is 
> routed through our only landline telecommunications provider telkom....
> This is frustrating because I am in the process of installing Xubuntu onto 
> another laptop and can't go further without updates!....
> IS there a solution to this ?
> Thank you all
> Teague
> Xubuntu 14.04

I think x/ubuntu came into being in 2006, and I've been using it since 2007 
xubuntu 6.10. I've not known any update problems, with mirrors or otherwise.

It would seem the problem is with your landline telecommunications.


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