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May 9th, 2011, 05:52 AM
Other than the fact that the servers may be closer to you, is there any advantage / disadvantage to using the main Ubuntu servers over the ones in your geographic region?

While troubleshooting a problem on a server, I recently changed all of the references to the ca servers to the main servers - a couple of the old and new lines are shown below.

I'm wondering if I should switch them back or leave them at the main ones.

=== old sources.list ===
deb http://ca.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid main restricted
deb-src http://ca.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid main restricted

=== new source.list ===
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid main restricted
deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid main restricted

May 9th, 2011, 10:48 AM
Your local server should be faster,but if you are satisfied how main server works for you stay with it.

May 9th, 2011, 10:52 AM
It can on occasion be handy to have a backup - I use the FR or DE servers sometimes and have found them to be faster than the (my default) GB ones.

Won't do any harm - apart from a bit of head scratching if you make a typo :popcorn:

May 9th, 2011, 12:05 PM
Can I safely switch back and forth between the main and regional servers? The specific servers for me would be the CA and main ones.

May 9th, 2011, 12:23 PM
Yep! You can flip about as much as you like to get the best speeds on any given day ;)

You can do it simply through synaptic > settings > repositories and choose anywhere in the world you like ;)