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During a new release, servers are very busy and strained, and it can be time consuming to manually find a usable mirror. If you want higher reliability and automatic error correction* with your downloads, or can't use BitTorrent where you are, there's Metalink - which can also help you find a mirror, use mirrors that are closest to you and more efficient, all done automatically. Some Metalink clients can also integrate downloads from mirrors and BitTorrent.

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Ubuntu

The latest Metalinks for current versions of Ubuntu are available directly from Canonical.

12.04 LTS
11.10
11.04
10.10
10.04 LTS (Released April 2010)
9.10 (Released October 2009)
9.04 (Released April 2009)
8.10 (Released October 2008)
8.04 (Released April 2008)

If you use Firefox (on Windows, Mac, or Unix)...

The easiest way to download with Metalink is DownThemAll! (Cross Platform Firefox Extension, Open Source). Just install DTA, then right click the Metalink for the flavor of Ubuntu you want, and select "Start link with OneClick!"

Metalink download with DownThemAll!

If you're on Windows...

You can also install a download manager; Free Download Manager (Open Source), wxDownload Fast (Open Source), GetRight, Net Transport, Orbit Downloader, and Retriever work well. (These integrate with Firefox with the FlashGot extension).

There's also a Windows version of aria2 and Metalink Checker, both excellent command line downloaders, but they may only be appropriate for those comfortable using non-graphical applications.

If you're on Unix...

GGet (GTK) is a great download manager for GNOME, unfortunately it is not packaged for Ubuntu yet.

If you use KDE4, KGet2 supports Metalink.

If you use Ubuntu 7.04 or later, you can install aria2 with 'sudo apt-get install aria2'. Binary packages are available for many other distributions. There's also Retriever and wxDownload Fast, download managers that can be integrated with Firefox with the FlashGot extension. Metalink Checker is another excellent command line downloader.

If you're on OS X...

Speed Download (Mac) is a slick Download Manager with fast downloads & P2P filesharing. It integrates with popular Mac browsers like Safari, Camino, & Firefox (along with 5 others).

Metalink is also used by...

Metalink is already used by Ubuntu in Wubi which is a Windows-based installer for Ubuntu. Wubi downloads a Ubuntu ISO from one mirror over FTP/HTTP and takes advantage of Metalink's features of higher availability and increased reliability. If there are errors in the download, they are repaired. Ubuntu Greek and Indonesia use Metalink as well.

Metalink is also used by OpenOffice.org, cURL, openSUSE, LugRadio, DOFUS, UniProt Consortium, Eiffel Software, 64 Studio, ADIOS, Arch Linux, Bayanihan Linux, BeleniX (OpenSolaris), Berry Linux, blag linux, Bluewhite64 Linux, DesktopBSD, GoboLinux, Granular Linux, KateOS, Linux Mint, MidnightBSD, Pardus Linux, PC-BSD, PCLinuxOS, PuppyLinux, redWall Firewall, StartCom Linux, TrueBSD, Ubuntu Christian Edition.

* Automatic error correction is only supported by aria2 and DTA 2.0 so far. If you start your download with another program, and get errors, aria2 can resume & repair the error as well.

Metalinks for older versions: Ubuntu 7.10 (Released October 2007)

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