Improve 'Software Sources' (Version 2.0)

  11 years ago

It would be better if we could Select Best Server for Ubuntu Repositories to download packages faster as well as Select Best Server for Mint Repositories.

These screen-shots are Mock-up of [Other Software]Tab on 'Software Sources' which be improved in my thoughts.

[Step 1]

[Step 2]

[Step 3]

For the present, to Select Best Server for Ubuntu Repositories, we need to edit Sources manually or need to use Ailurus which @Alexio mentioned in his comments.

For Mint 11 Katya users:
Ailurus does not work as it is on Katya.
But there is a workaround.
If you are interested in making Ailurus work on Katya, please refer a tutorial How to make 'Ailurus' work on Mint 11 Katya which I posted before.

This idea has entirely rewritten as it based on the content of original idea (Version 1.0).
on 04:30 AM, 2 Aug. 2011, UTC

Latest comments
kazztan0325 10 years ago

Thank you @dagon for putting this forward!

dagon 10 years ago

new -> considered

kazztan0325 11 years ago

Thank you for your support!

sunewbie 11 years ago

good idea. promoting it.

kazztan0325 11 years ago

Yes..., But...,
This idea has not been taken into consideration yet...
If this improvement would be implemented, then I'll convert this to a tutorial.

blueXrider 11 years ago

This would be nice to convert it to a tutorial for the new users

kazztan0325 11 years ago

Thank you for your support.

But I'm not sure it is possible or not that Software Sources also check and select the best server for '3rd party sources'.

ussher 11 years ago

This is a good idea. Changing the repos can make a huge difference in speed.

With the current "Select Best Server" it does it for the main packages but leaves the default "3rd party sources" as their default. These should also be checked when selecting the best server.

kazztan0325 11 years ago

Thank you for your support.
I will study English more hard!

I hope Mint Team would think this idea is worthy to consider.

kazztan0325 11 years ago

Thank you for your support.

By the way, I guess maybe @remoulder didn't understand what was I talking about, because my English was veeerrry poor when I posted first version of this idea.

blueXrider 11 years ago

It's a good idea to locate the fastest server or best server possible for the updates. @remoulder I could only find PPA's or software sources that have Ubuntu listed.

I could not find ANY with MINT. So where are the Mint Servers listed?

kazztan0325 11 years ago

I realized that some ideas are difficult for readers to understand its content without any screen-shot or rough sketch.

kazztan0325 11 years ago

I installed Ailurus, but it didn't run as it was.
After a while, I found out the way of tweaking.
Natty user (or Katya user) have to edit "/usr/share/pyshared/ailurus/", right?
Anyway I am able to use Ailurus on Katya now.
Thanks again for your info, @Alexio!

kazztan0325 11 years ago

@Alexio, Thank you for your information!
I will try it!

Alexio 11 years ago

@kazztan0325 - You can always try find the right package using the Linux Packages Search. The latest version of Ailurus is and it may work with Ubuntu 11.04 and Linux Mint 11 after some tweaking.

kazztan0325 11 years ago

@Alexio, Thank you for your message.
But sadly, It seems that there is not "Ailurus for Ubuntu 11.04 Natty (Mint 11 Katya)" yet.
I don't know that "Ailurus for Maverick" will work or not even if I could force it to install in Katya...

Alexio 11 years ago

@kazztan0325 - You can install Ailurus and use it to find the fastest server for you. Also, you can enable some third party repositories with Ailurus.

kazztan0325 11 years ago

@remoulder, Sure Mint is not ubuntu.
But Mint is compatible with ubuntu software repositories.
Many packages from ubuntu's repos are downloaded and installed in Mint.

In my case, Local ubuntu server("") is 5 ~ 10 times faster than default ubuntu server("""""").

remoulder 11 years ago

Mint is not ubuntu, selecting the best server searches for the best mint server.