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    Which is better, Ubuntu's main server or my country's server?

    Just got an 500 Internal Server Error when I tried to update my system, so changing to Ubuntu's main server from my country's server fixed the issue.

    My question is, which is better really, Ubuntu's main server or my country's server, what's the difference between the two servers and is it okay for me not to switch back to my country's server.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Which is better, Ubuntu's main server or my country's server?

    You are fine using the Ubuntu main server. It is the grand-daddy of all repos, so you can't go wrong with it.

    That said, it may not be the fastest for you. Vanilla Ubuntu has a method for determining the fastest server for your locale. Settings → About → Software Updates → Ubuntu Software → Download from: → Other → Select Best Server. Frequently, this is not your country's server.

    It is possible that mirrors will not synchronize with the main repo as quickly as we may like. Once they get out of sync, problems such as the one from which you appear to have suffered will materialize. If so, you might still be better off with a mirror that is geographically closer to you than the main repo. But if you are getting acceptable download speeds from the main repo, then you will have to decide.

    It is a rough rule of netiquette that one should try to offload as many updates from the main repos as possible so as not to overwhelm the upgrade system at one point. But if your local mirrors are especially lagging, then you may not have a choice.

    Like many things within the FOSS ecosystem, it's a judgment call that is left largely up to you.
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    Re: Which is better, Ubuntu's main server or my country's server?

    List of mirrors, speeds & days behind on updates.

    https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+archivemirrors

    And the mirror I found, is not on above list so DuckHook's method may be better. That was how I found the ones I use. But try several times to see if consistent.
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    Re: Which is better, Ubuntu's main server or my country's server?

    Thanks for the explanation.

    I wish there was an automated failsafe where, if my country's server gets a "500 Internal Server Error", then instead of failing to download updates, the updater will try to find a working mirror that's close to your location and download from that, while maintaining that the default server for your system is still your country's server.

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    Re: Which is better, Ubuntu's main server or my country's server?

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    List of mirrors, speeds & days behind on updates.

    https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+archivemirrors

    And the mirror I found, is not on above list so DuckHook's method may be better. That was how I found the ones I use. But try several times to see if consistent.
    That is most informative thank you.

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    Re: Which is better, Ubuntu's main server or my country's server?

    My personal preference is the local mirror. IIRC at one point the Ubuntu master used to be rate capped at 50kb/s. But that may no longer be the case.

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    Re: Which is better, Ubuntu's main server or my country's server?

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