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I recommend the speedtest-cli tool for this. I created a blog post (Measure Internet Connection Speed from the Linux Command Line) that goes into detail of downloading, installing and usage of it. The short version is this: $ wget -O speedtest-cli https://raw.github.com/sivel/speedtest-cli/master/speedtest_cli.py $ chmod +x speedtest-cli $ ./speedtest-cli ...


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try this on command line wget --output-document=/dev/null http://speedtest.wdc01.softlayer.com/downloads/test500.zip try this too sourceforge.net/projects/tespeed/ got it from above link


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Well I use wget for it. That little tool tells me nicely what speed I have. To use it just point to a file in internet that is relatively bigger so that you can get a better estimate of it. For example typing: wget http://hostve.com/neobuntu/pics/Ubu1.avi would start to download the Ubu1.avi file and show at what speed it is downloading. Of course ...


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If you can't be bothered to install iperf , you could precede any command that shifts a known amount of data with the time command and do a sum. iperf is simple and easy to use. It requires a client and server. (on the server) user@server$ iperf -s (on the client) user@client$ iperf -c server.domain ...


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I find the bit torrent downloads to be MUCH faster than the direct links. Check out http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/alternative-downloads and select the desktop version you need (i386 is 32bit ubuntu; amd64 is 64bit ubuntu).


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Why not try axel ? It is a fully fledged Command line based Downloader. install axel and spawn download by axel -a -n [Num_of_Thread] link1 link2 link3 ... where '[Num_of_Thread]' is the number of parallel connections to create for each link you want to download. -a just show an improved progress bar.


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The method in the forum thread (tricking Synaptic by renaming apt-fast to apt-get and vice versa) will not work with Ubuntu, because our Synaptic does not use apt-get. I've verified this by quickly looking at the source code, and also by moving /usr/bin/apt-get elsewhere -- Synaptic still works fine. Synaptic does reuse bits of code from apt-get, and it does ...


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Yes, no matter where you download it (so long as it's an official source) the ISO will be the same. You can check the hash to make sure the download is correct: Where to find the md5sums of Ubuntu ISO images? How to verify that the ISO I downloaded is bootable before I burn it?


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Since speedtest-cli is a python application, it is much easier to install by doing: pip install speedtest-cli or: easy_install speedtest-cli Depending on how Python is installed on your system, you may need to be root to do the above.


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This is a question of packet routing, e.g. deciding which packets (addressed to which IP addresses) go out which interface. To answer question 1, both connections' packets are routed to the same interface. Use the route command to show your current routing setup. Use the ifconfig -a command to see your interfaces and the IP addresses assigned to them. There ...


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Usually torrents are the best way, as mirrors always see a huge bandwidth spike on release day. Another good way to have an up to date system on release day is install the release candidate and allow it to update on its own. The servers will be less congested, and the differences will be minimal. Of course, torrenting allows you to give back to the ...


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Personally, I would do what LnxSlck said in his comment, set up a VM with Ubuntu and test there. That would allow you to test without any real issue. If it breaks, don't do it. If it works, you can be semi-safe in the idea that it will work correctly without any true incident. I tend to do this with every "test" i do with Ubuntu, so its a good practice ...


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I want to download Ubuntu 12.04, but it seems that it take a long time The time to download depends both on the speed of your internet connection and on your geographical location. Do you know what kind of connection you have? If not, you can get an estimate of your speed by visiting this test site. If you can edit the question to include your country ...


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It might be irrelevant, but are the Windows download speeds after using a download accelerator? I think windows did not report its download speeds for updates. In case you are wondering why the software center downloads are slow, it might be because it uses wget (which does not use an accelerator) and is like downloading files using plain firefox. Try ...


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My guess it's a driver discrepancy between Windows / Ubuntu. Also a guess is Bufferbloat. Give this line a shot and see if anything changes: sudo ifconfig eth0 txqueuelen 0 This tends to fix the issue of latency under heavy load - not so much raw download speed, but you may notice some improvement.


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If you want increased speed downloading 11.10, use a torrent program like 'transmission' or BitTorent. You will get the data from multiple places (simultaneously) and your download bandwidth will be used to the max (or whatever max download speed you set).


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I'm using JDownloader. However, AFAIK running instance cannot be controlled by command line. On the other hand, there are add-ons like: - JD Scheduler or - JD RemoteControl which can do a great job. See: http://jdownloader.org/home/features http://jdownloader.org/home/addons (I guess that there will be more tools, maybe someone else will add another ...


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The commands would be sudo iptables -I OUTPUT -p tcp --dest 173.194.55.0/24 -j DROP sudo iptables -I OUTPUT -p tcp --dest 206.111.0.0/16 -j DROP Use at your own risk as it might stop other Youtube functions as they are Google infrastructure servers.


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Please do: echo "options ath9k nohwcrypt=1" | sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/ath9k.conf sudo modprobe -rfv ath9k sudo modprobe -v ath9k Then: echo -e '#!/bin/bash\n/sbin/iwconfig wlan0 power off' | sudo tee -a /etc/pm/power.d/wireless Then set your wireless settings in network manager to match the images. Then reboot.


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Thanks "AbrahamVanHelpsing" for your replies and sorry for the delay. I have finally fixed my issue and thought it may be helpful for others as well.. After struggling I found out that nothing was wrong with my VLC setup. I could actually just have left the default settings. The problem was my connection speed... I was convinced that it wouldn't be the ...


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Yes, find another mirror in your own country , if you're not in america. Pick a mirror here


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Add the packages uget and aria2. Start uGet then go to settings and enable the aria2 plugin, this is needed for multi-threaded downloads. You'll need to manually specify the number of connections when you add new downloads, but other than that little annoyance it's a great app. I am having problems whitelisting the indicator icon for this app, however, and ...


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Use Axel: it will download each file from multiple servers (if available), thus increasing significantly the download speed. sudo apt-get install axel Install FlashGot addon in Firefox Set Axel in Flashgot options as the main downloader or just for capturing media.


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This is a common bug on ubuntu 12.04. Workaround: Since the affected repositories are the unchanging distribution repositories, one approach to circumventing this problem is to run the following commands immediately before running sudo apt-get update. Be sure to adjust them for the name of the archive site you use as well as the name of the release you are ...


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I used to use IDM in windows before I switched to Linux. I missed it for a while, but found alternatives for where I needed it. The problem is probably not, as mentioned in the comments, slow download speed, per se. The problem I had was that some sites limit download speed per connection, so a download manager that makes several connections can make a ...


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If a window becomes gray, it means that it is busy. You have some options to "fix" this: You can try to play around with nice levels: sudo snice 19 software-center while starting the update. Add more RAM to your system. Migrate to SSD.


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The software center and update manager both are pretty ressource-heavy applications. Depending on your system you might want to consider using command-line tools as a replacement. To install software: sudo apt-get install packagename To update your system (in this order): sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade For .deb files you can use gdebi as an ...


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Drivers are the programs to make communication between your System and device. Ubuntu is so powerful that it automatically recognize modems so you don't need to install extra driver for it and main thing is that Your internet connection speed doesn't depends on modem driver.


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Do I have to install drivers for my modem for it to download fast? No. Either Ubuntu has the driver for a piece hardware or it does not. If it works (but slowly) it means the driver is supported. In general, nowadays, no extra installation is required for modems. Because the download speed I am getting is really slow compared to my mac. In case we ...


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Actually, Linux (Ubuntu in your case) does not limit the speed. In all cases i have known it boosts the speed to the maximum on the connection to the modem. you must have a router limit, modem limit or maybe you configure something on Ubuntu that changed that (For example trying to see a youtube video while downloading with transmission) I repeat in all ...



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