Ubuntu Local Repository For Nepal

Nepal Telecom (NTC) now hosts the local Ubuntu repository for Nepal. What’s the use of this, you might ask? Well, Nepali Ubuntu users will now be able to download the updates, softwares and the Operating system itself, much more faster.

The local repository can be accessed on your web by going to : http://np.archive.ubuntu.com/

If you are looking to download new releases of Ubuntu, you can download them in high speed from http://np.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntureleases/. As of the moment of writing this post, ADSL  users can download the updates, softwares and releases from the local repository at the speed of 100 Kbps whereas as per what I have gathered, WorldLink users can download it at the speed of 1 Mbps.

As I have mentioned before, you will be able to download the updates and softwares on Ubuntu with the same high speed (100 kbps or 1 Mbps depending on your  ISP.). For this to work, however, you have to make a minor change in your sources.list file. Here’s how you can do it :

1. Open up Terminal. You can either click on the Dash Home, search for Terminal and click on the result. Or you can simply press Ctrl+Alt+T.

2. On terminal, type : sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

It will prompt for the password, enter your user account’s login password and press Enter.

3. You should now be able to see a similar file :

4. Now, replace every http://us.archive.ubuntu.com by http://np.archive.ubuntu.com and save the file by clicking on the Save button. Do not make any changes to http://security.ubuntu.com/ links, leave them as they are.

That’s it. Now, try installing softwares from Ubuntu Software Center or Package Managers and they will be downloaded much faster (~100 Kbps.) Remember, general Ubuntu updates are also downloaded from local repository so it won’t take much time to download them whereas the security updates will be downloaded directly from security.ubuntu.com hence, their download speed will depend upon your actual Internet speed.

2 Responses

  1. anonimite November 10, 2012 / 5:30 pm

    Instead of going through the trouble of editing the sources list, region can also be selected in the Ubuntu Software Centre setting, was happy to see Nepal listed there :D , by default its set to US though.

    Personally I thought using Ubuntu would be difficult as most things require frequently, and you know the average bandwidth. But this support helped.

    Good guide again.

    • Subigya Nepal November 10, 2012 / 5:59 pm

      Yes, it’s easier that way. But, I prefer the ‘geeky’ way, you know. :P

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