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apt-fast

Remember apt-fast? Allow me to remind you: apt-fast is a simple bash script that speeds up apt-get download speed (so you would run "sudo apt-fast install firefox" to install Firefox for example) by using Axel, a command line application which accelerates HTTP/FTP downloads by using multiple sources for one file. The author claims it's roughly 26x faster than the normal apt-get and I don't know if that's true, but a lot of users are reporting visible download speed improvements

A while back, Apt-Fast got full Apt-Get syntax replacement and now you can finally install Apt-Fast from a PPA so it's easier to install, even by non-technical users.

To install apt-fast in Ubuntu, simply copy/paste the following commands in a terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tldm217/tahutek.net
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apt-fast

The above PPA is available for Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, 10.04 Lucid Lynx and 10.10 Maverick Meerkat!

From now on, you can use "apt-fast" instead of "apt-get" for installing packages via the command line. apt-fast doesn't just support "install" but also "upgrade" and so on.

Update (October, 2012): for a more up-to-date post about apt-fast, including a new Ubuntu PPA, see: Speed Up apt-get Downloads With apt-fast [Ubuntu PPA].
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