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Install apt-fast And Axel Download Accelerator On Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal”

On my everlasting search for stuff to make my system work faster i came across apt-fast and the Axel download accelerator. Apt-fast is a script written by Matt Parnell and it speeds up all apt-get installations and upgrades. And Axel is a download accelerator that accelerates the HTTP/FTP downloading process by using multiple connections for one file. According to Matt Parnell using these two programs will make the apt-get installations and upgrades roughly 26x Faster.


To install apt-fast open a terminal window (press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy:paste the following lines:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tldm217/tahutek.net
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apt-fast

And to install Axel download accelerator:

sudo apt-get install axel

After the installation close the terminal window and the next time you install a program or check your system for updates use apt-fast instead of apt-get and enjoy a much faster way of downloading all the files.

apt-fast Homepage

Axel Download Accelerator Homepage

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