Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 17th Mar 2007 00:26 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu During my 8 years of Linux on and off usage I have tried more distros than I have chocolate bars. Each one of my previous encounters meant that I had to spend at least 2 days configuring before I have a desktop that I was somewhat comfortable with. With Ubuntu Feisty Fawn's latest test beta --for the first time ever-- this was not the case. I was up and running with all the niceties I wanted within 2 hours.
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apt-get support for diff lists
by siimo on Sat 17th Mar 2007 01:29 UTC
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apt-get in debian etch supports diff package list updating. So when you apt-get update it will be the full list the first time 4-5MB like the article says. And then next time it only needs to download around 100kB .diff's to it.

Has this feature not included in Ubuntu?

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Eugenia Member since:

AFAIK, I don't think so. When I use the "main US server" I get about 5 MBs of download for all the repos.

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thebluesgnr Member since:

APT supports it and Debian uses it by default (with Etch that is).

Ubuntu decided not to use this feature because they update their repository several times per day, while Debian updates it once a day.

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Interdite Member since:

That part of your post struck me as inaccurate, too.

I have been using Ubuntu since Dapper (currently on Edgy), using the Canadian repos, and "apt-get update" always fetches updates that are a few kilobytes in size, nowhere near 5 MB.

If you're getting 5 MB every single time you update, something is wrong (or strange, at least).

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