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My ISP offers a freezone Ubuntu mirror ( however Ubuntu is constantly pulling updates from a US server that is

  • slower
  • not inside my freezone

How can I force Ubuntu to use my local, freezone mirror before using others?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

Go to the menu System > Administration > Software Sources. There is a drop-down box labled "Download from:" where you can choose a mirror near you.

If this doesn't work as planned (might not since you have a "custom mirror") then you can edit the file /etc/apt/sources.list by typing sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list in a terminal and pressing enter, if you need help you can type man sources.list in the terminal.

A source of the unwanted traffic might be from this is where the security updates comes from, they can be turned off, but it's not recommended!

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Thanks. My local freezone mirror is actually officially listed by Ubuntu as an official mirror. Bonus! – Mark Henderson Aug 20 '10 at 22:29

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