My copy of vim has many plugins installed: ruby, php, python etc.
When I invoke
vim from the terminal, I have to wait ~ 10 seconds before
vim finishes starting.
Is it possible to have it load when Ubuntu starts?
Yes, but I don't see using it without a terminal (unless you use gVim). You can add it to .bashrc in your home directory ( or .bash_profile under some circumstances ).
See https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AddingProgramToSessionStartup for instructions on adding startup applications in Ubuntu. The command would be one of the following:
Replace "gnome-terminal" and "--command" with your favored terminal emulator and syntax for running commands on startup, respectively.