Why is us.archive.ubuntu.com located in London, UK?
While trying to update a few packages, (not only) I noticed that it's very slow to download from this mirror, although it's said to be geographically located near me:
$ traceroute us.archive.ubuntu.com [...] 11 ae-94-94.ebr4.SanJose1.Level3.net (22.214.171.124) [...] 17 ae-82-82.ebr2.Washington1.Level3.net (126.96.36.199) 18 ae-44-44.ebr2.Frankfurt1.Level3.net (188.8.131.52) [...] 25 ae-42-42.ebr2.London2.Level3.net (184.108.40.206) 26 ae-26-56.car2.London2.Level3.net (220.127.116.11) 27 gi1-0-1.oxygen.canonical.com (18.104.22.168) 28 drescher.canonical.com (22.214.171.124)So, I guess I have to pick another mirror then.
Update: A nice fellow on #ubuntu-mirrors was kind enough to answer this one for me: apparently no single US mirror would like to act as
us.archive.ubuntu.combecause of the high (network) load involved, hence Canonical is providing this "mirror", although it's not really a mirror but their London HQ.