apt should install packages whilst downloading.
Installation of programs is often a three step process:
1) Dependencies are calculated - a list of required packages is generated with all requirements that are already met excluded.
2) Required packages are downloaded from the appropriate repository.
3) Packages are installed in the required order.
Large applications may require a significant amount of time to complete steps (2) and (3), leading to unnecessarily long install times.
These two steps can be performed in parallel - downloading packages in the required install order and installing each as the download completes. This suggested change would require a modified interface, most probably a split-screen with, for example, the top half showing download progress and the lower half showing install progress for the current package.
Also proposed on Brainstorm: http://
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