If you were fretting about the Ubuntu mirrors being so slow, remember that the installer defaults to using HTTP, rather than FTP.
- Download speed of KDE4.0.4 in hardy-backports from http://au.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ – 20KB/s.
- Download speed of KDE4.0.4 in hardy-backports from ftp://au.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ – 150KB/s
- Happiness at remembering old, forgotten protocols – priceless
Warning: download speeds can go down as well as up..