I'm a *long* time Linux user but new to Linux Mint. I've been using mostly Ubuntu for about the last 6 years, but I'm not at all happy with what they're doing lately with the desktop *cough*Unity*cough* and a friend suggested that Linux Mint might be the distro for me.
I pulled down a copy of the 32-bit DVD image of Lisa and tried to install it today. Everything went fine until it hit the point where it was trying to download the Language packs. 900 Minutes!!! I pulled up a browser alongside the installer, did some searching, and discovered that it was possible to skip the Language Packs, so I did. Then it started trying to download packages. 1300 Minutes!!! OK, the Skip button looks like it will still work, so I "Skip" again. A few moments later it again tries to start downloading packages. Estimate this time is about 270 minutes. So I skip again, and the installation finishes.
I bring up the newly installed box and try to install the proprietary driver for my video card -- and the download of that ONE DRIVER takes almost half an hour!
I started a terminal and ran apt-get update; it took about 15 minutes just to update the package information. Finally, I ran apt-get upgrade. After two hours of downloading, I still had less than 35% of the 200+ MB of downloads to bring my system up to date. At that point I had to leave. For all I know, it's still downloading.
Clearly, one or more of the Linux Mint repositories is either completely swamped or woefully incapable, and I have two more machines to install on. Is it possible to substitute in mirrors for the repositories to do the installation? If so, what options exist, particularly for packages.linuxmint.com?