Mint 12 KDE 64 bit & Mint 12 main 64 bit
I have noticed that the repository refresh done by the update manager is taking quite a long time. Somewhere in March or February the amount of data downloaded for that refresh went up to 30 MB. It seems that a couple of I386 repositories take 5-6 MB each in order to refresh. The problem with this is, that each time the system does a refresh, it either blocks the (slow) ADSL line (flat rate) for around 8 minutes per computer (X3) or when connected to the faster mobile broadband, eats a hefty data chunk and that becomes expensive.
Until some time early this year it hasn't been like that, the update manager's refresh would take less than half the time (=data). I have now already set the update manager to only check once a day. But even when I exit the update manager after boot up, the system still does what seems like a repository refresh within the first 40 minutes of running.
Any idea, how to get around this?
Any idea why the data amount has escalated? Many updates only need a fraction of the amount of data downloaded for the refresh itself.
Do other, non ubuntu based ditros have the same problem?