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    Default VERY slow software installation

    Hi,

    Trying Suse after several years spent with Ubuntu: have been a bit disappointed with the speed of downloads from the repositories.
    Having installed various apps including thunderbird, gimp and amarok via Yast, I'm getting average speeds of 5-7kB/s.
    My internet connection does not appear to be fault, because I can download from other sources (files etc) fine.
    Is this a known problem with Suse? I had read downloads were slow but I've seen a lot on the net about the situation having been remedied by Suse 11
    While I like what I've seen of Suse, I'll have to switch back to Ubuntu or some other distro with better speeds if I can't remedy this.
    Any ideas, anyone?

    Cheers,

    Blair

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    Default Re: VERY slow software installation

    Quote Originally Posted by blairm
    Hi,

    Trying Suse after several years spent with Ubuntu: have been a bit
    disappointed with the speed of downloads from the repositories.
    Having installed various apps including thunderbird, gimp and amarok
    via Yast, I'm getting average speeds of 5-7kB/s.
    My internet connection does not appear to be fault, because I can
    download from other sources (files etc) fine.
    Is this a known problem with Suse? I had read downloads were slow but
    I've seen a lot on the net about the situation having been remedied by
    Suse 11
    While I like what I've seen of Suse, I'll have to switch back to Ubuntu
    or some other distro with better speeds if I can't remedy this.
    Any ideas, anyone?

    Cheers,

    Blair
    Hi
    Sounds like your system is being re-directed to a slow mirror or you
    need to disable IPV6 system wide via YaST Network Devices?

    Have a look here and pick a mirror that is close to you and add
    those via YaST Software Repositories and disable the
    download.opensuse.org ones.

    <http://mirrors.opensuse.org/list/all.html>

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    up 1:14, 1 user, load average: 0.18, 0.18, 0.31
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    Default Re: VERY slow software installation

    I'm guessing this may be an IPv6 issue. Have a look at

    YaST > Network Devices > Network Settings

    In particular, check 'Global Options' tab and make sure IPv6 is not enabled.

    BTW, you can also tweak firefox to do the same:

    Disable IPv6 for Firefox - openSUSE

    If this is not the problem, then you will need to look at your repos, and possibly look at alternative mirrors. This is quite a common problem (depending on your locality).

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    Default Re: VERY slow software installation

    Thanks for your advice,

    Will have a look at that and see whether I can fix it. As mentioned, there seems to be a lot to like about suse otherwise so I wouldn't want to ditch it.

    Cheers,

    Blair

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