Sorry if this has already been discussed... I searched but couldn't find anything on it.
The "Select a Mirror" tool in Mint's Update Manager > Software Sources is terrific, the way it pings all available LM mirrors and lets you pick the fastest ones for your location.
I live in Canada, but on my system the tool always pings the U.S. servers first. Maybe that's because I'm using a couple of them—they're currently the fastest. I'd rather test the Canadian servers first—but for some reason, they're way, way down in the list and it takes the app a long time to get to them.
Wouldn't it make more sense for the app to ping the servers in the user's own country first, by default? Or at least to make that an option?
And BTW, how does LM know what country you're in? Do you specify that during setup? I don't remember. (The only other place I can think of is in the Weather panel item—but I don't think the system consults that setting, does it?)