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I have very slow download speed when I do sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get upgrade. I have natty 11.04, I upgraded from 10.10 to the beta. The speed is down at b/s and not at the normal kb/s (note not kbit/s).

Fetched 2,621 B in 19s (133 B/s)

Fetched 2,621 B in 20s (129 B/s)

Why do I have the slow download speed?

Can I fix it in any way?

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Have you tried changing to a different mirror? Update Manager > Settings > Ubuntu Software > Download From – wojox May 9 '11 at 20:38
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You might want to try a mirror that's closer to you. Here's a list:

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I sometimes find that the UK mirrors are slow and that updating from the US main server is faster..then sometimes not :) – andybleaden May 10 '11 at 8:36
I changed to a swedish server, and now I'm downloading at 1.0mbps – Alvar May 10 '11 at 13:16
The us.ubuntu archive mirrors have always been quite slow for me, and for whatever reason, the repos that come baked-in with Canonicals EC2 AMIs only seem to get about 20kB/s. I typically switch to the mirror that a local ISP (Xmission) provides. I can get my packages at line speed from those guys - bliss! – Ben Preston May 10 '11 at 17:15

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