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Whenever I switch from Unity to Gnome Shell or Classic Gnome, it sometimes takes what seems to be an awful long time to get to the new desktop. If I remember correctly, one time it took over 2 mins. I realize that whenever one is asking the system to make a somewhat radical change, it may take some time, but 2 mins is a little excessive.

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It shouldn't be any slower to log into those environments than it does to log into Unity. If it's taking a long time, it is likely you are hitting a bug with something in GNOME itself. –  dobey May 21 '12 at 20:37
So this is just when switching from Unity? Not into? –  Chan-Ho Suh May 21 '12 at 20:49

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