Please, for god sake
I'm not a "novice" in Linux's world, I begun with Slackware, so I'm used to edit text documents and change everything in the system to get what I want.
But, with Ubuntu, even when I start it from a USB key and don't have the option to change the language and, so, the mirror's it uses to retrieve the updates and so on, I can still easily select its repositories for my country (Brazil) in Synaptic. With mint I have to manually edit the URLs. It's not complicated, but for a novice user who never really used linux, it's hell D:
ps.: I'm saying this because with the standart archive.ubuntu.com I get 1/3 of the speed I get from br.archive.ubuntu.com