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I am using the 64 bit of ubuntu maverick desktop. The problem is that as soon as I login, the wallpaper and the desktop icons appear almost instantly, however the panel-takes an eternity to load, sometimes as long as 30 secs. I have a fairly modern system, so I am sure this is software related. Any fixes? Thanks in advance.

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What does top say? Do you see any related error messages in ~/.xsession-errors? –  arrange Mar 19 '11 at 16:19

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I have the same issue. .xsession-errors isn't especially interesting. Watching top -- use ctrl-alt-F3 (or anything but F7, actually) to access a shell -- shows a lot of stuff booting up. In my case, Munin uses a lot of resources (so I'm looking into disabling it). Liferea takes its sweet time (so I'm wondering if there's a way to throttle that) and Ubuntu-One is busy busy.

I see other programs as well, including Conky, but I do want them on startup so i don't see a way around that.

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Thats exactly the point. Lots of things i do want to start immediately, eat a lot of cpu. –  tinhed Apr 23 '11 at 18:18
    
The first step, though, is to watch top to get a sense of what is eating CPU and make sure you want it. –  Amanda Apr 25 '11 at 23:03

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