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Apt-Fast - instead of apt-get for faster updates and software installation

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Apt-Fast - instead of apt-get for faster updates and software installation

Apt-Fast is a shellscript wrapper for apt-get and aptitude that can drastically improve apt download times by downloading packages in parallel, with multiple connections per package.

Apt-fast is a frontend for apt-get to accelerate the upgrade of the system and download the package from the network, and thus reduce the time required for their installation. The speed increase is achieved due to the use of download managers axel and aria2 who download the requested file in multiple threads, and take it from several mirrors.
Install apt-fast accessible from the official repository. 
Installation into Linux Mint 17 or newer:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:saiarcot895/myppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apt-fast aria2
Installation into Linux Mint 16 or older:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:apt-fast/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apt-fast axel
During installation apt-fast you are prompted to confirm the use of apt-fast instead of apt-get. Press Tab, and then press Enter:

Apt-Fast - instead of apt-get for faster updates and software installation

In the next window, confirm the maximum number of connections, and also confirm by pressing the Tab key, and then press Enter:

Apt-Fast - instead of apt-get for faster updates and software installation

Next to confirm the use of this dialog box. Select Yes or No arrow keys left/right and press Enter:

Apt-Fast - instead of apt-get for faster updates and software installation

After installation, you can test the performance of dialogue apt-fast at updating the system with the following commands in terminal:
sudo apt-fast update && sudo apt-fast upgrade

Now you can use apt-fast instead of apt-get for installing programs:

sudo apt-fast install something

Good Luck!!!

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Ben
Ben 15 March 2015 13:01
Make life even simpler... edit .bashrc
alias install='sudo apt-fast install' (now just type 'install')
update repos and install updates:
alias upgrade='sudo apt-fast update && sudo apt-fast upgrade'

Lovely jubbley...
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