Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

This question hadn't been asked separately, so here it is.

In particular, is there any official repository that provides and https alternative to the defaults http official repositories?

share|improve this question
add comment

1 Answer

mirrors.kernel.org is an official Ubuntu archive mirror, and supports https.

I have the following in my sources.list:

deb https://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu saucy main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src https://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu saucy main restricted universe multiverse

(Technically, mirrors.kernel.org is not on the official list, though mirrors.us.kernel.org and its siblings are. However, mirrors.us.kernel.org supports https but returns a certificate for the host mirrors.kernel.org which apt-get rejects. mirrors.kernel.org is clearly the same site, though it may not be your closest host.)

As pointed out, https is not necessary for authenticating the files downloaded, and is not very effective at hiding which files you download. My interest is because at my site, http downloads are much slower than https for some reason, even from the same remote host. I don't know why; maybe we have a transparent proxy that is slow or trying to scan for viruses or some such nonsense.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.