April 8, 2008 by

I’ll be honest: bandwidth makes me feel like a god


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I’ve been uncharacteristically lazy about maintaining my computer lately. My media and document drives are getting quite disorganized, I have dozens of no-longer-bleeding-edge application packages installed, and I’m not even running the beta of the newest version of Ubuntu. Today, however, at the behest of Shuttleworth himself, I decided to take the beta for a spin.

Upon scoping out the package transition resolution list, this was the text I was met with:

Calculating the changes
Installing jockey-common as dep of jockey-gtk
Starting 2
Investigating restricted-manager-kde
Package restricted-manager-kde has broken dep on restricted-manager-core
Considering restricted-manager-core 1 as a solution to restricted-manager-kde -1
Removing restricted-manager-kde rather than change restricted-manager-core

Do you want to start the upgrade?

81 packages are going to be removed. 197 new packages are going to be
installed. 1217 packages are going to be upgraded.

You have to download a total of 1090M. This download will take about
13 minutes with your connection.

Holy balls that’s fast. Over 10Mb/s, actually. Not quite as fast what I’ve seen before, but it is still damn impressive in my book.

Do I really have to go back to the States, where things are looking a little more grim?

3 Responses to I’ll be honest: bandwidth makes me feel like a god

  1. Mike UNITED STATES Windows XP Internet Explorer 6.0

    Ten megs a second? Hot diggity damn, my personal computer would be hepped up on dance remixes and nudie movies in no time!

    At home I may get 3Mb/s tops. I am tempted to move to Germany for the high-speed Internet and also for Claudia Schiffer. Reow.

  2. Conor GERMANY Ubuntu Linux Mozilla Firefox Post author

    Thanks for agreeing that it’s impressive, but in the earlier post I link to above, I was clocking 26Mb/s with servers located near me. Still, 10Mb/s is a very respectable throughput, and speaks highly of the infrastructure Ubuntu has managed to orchestrate.

    Use the SpeedTest site to see what you got on your line. Although I’ve read that Comcast tricks these services by allowing max throughput for the first several seconds of a connection (long enough for these tests to run), then throttles it hard. It’s a “feature.”

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