Ubuntu offers you the choice of various repository mirrors around the world. Initially I just chose a server close to me in Canada. But is it really the fastest? A little-know feature in Synaptic can find you the fastest server to speed up your application installs in Ubuntu.
Open the Synaptic package manager. Open the
Software Sources screen by
Settings->Repositories. Pop down the
Download From list and select
Other. Then click
Select Best Server and a quick test will be run to select
the fastest server.
After switching servers I reloaded package information in Synaptic and it was noticeably faster.
Thanks to mypapit gnu/linux blog for this tip.