ubuntu has a tool in synaptic that finds the fastest mirror. I was trying to see if I could get one installed on Daryna, but no luck. did lot off googling and endedd up getting various unrelated links. Also I am finding it hard to form an effective search phrase. I have considered netselect-apt but its debian specific. Also tried to change the url in netselect-apt code to reflected ubuntu mirror site, but getting the "you are behind the firewall error." Probably the formatting of the ubuntu mirror list might be in a different format than of Debian.
Today was curious and tried to trace what program the ubuntu tool runs & it seems it runs something like "software-properties-gtk" but after this no info on how to install or does it actually chooses best repository server.
let me know if there is some similar thing in Mint.Edit:
installtion of "software-properties-gtk" does
provide this functionality. And it wont remove any linux mint repositories. Just updates ubuntu repositories with fastest mirrors.
Ah...., now atleat I can happily go for frequest updates or installtion of softwares without worrying about waiting for hours...