I am using Ubuntu 10.04 with Gnome. When I start a Gnome-terminal (a frequent occurance) if I do it by clicking an icon on a panel (that has as the command:
gnome-terminal) it takes a while—think multiple seconds on many occasions.
If, however, I start it by typing
gnome-terminal in another terminal it starts immediately.
I am unsure how to investigate what is causing the slowdown, any suggestions? That is, I am very interested in how to solve this, but even more interested in how to investigate this effectively.
Note 1: the behavior is not limited to starting gnome-terminal.
Note 2: there are some other behaviors (other than starting programs) that are slower than I think they should be. These are varied and I don't have a good description.