My Linux connection is REALLY free.
I live in Brazil, so where I live I can only have 1 Mbit/s. Yes I know it's sad, but it's not the point.
Everytime I'm updating my Ubuntu 9.04 or downloading something, it does eat all my bandwidth. Like, while update-manager is downloading the packages, I can see by netspeed applet in my panel that the incoming traffic goes to 110 kB/s. And then, my Emesene suddenly goes disconnected, and I can't navigate.
As you can imagine, I can't use my Internet connection again until the packages are all downloaded or I cancel the update in the middle.
As I said, same thing happens when I'm dowloading something, but less intrusive and immediate.
The question is: is there any way to limit that APT/downloads traffic to some way I can still use my other Internet services, or to reserve some bandwidth for common navigation tasks (like we have on Windows, but I forgot this thing's name, it's like "something packages".