So, over the past 6 months or so I've been trying to find out why my Ubuntu 20.04 installation takes so long to boot. I upgraded from 18.10 (a mistake in my view), which was booting nicely before the upgrade.
Systems-analyze shows the system booting in about 48 seconds (slow for ubuntu), but that is only the time it takes to get the GUI up. It takes nearly 2 minutes after that before Firefox will open a web page.
Dropbox, in the meantime, opens a requestor saying that it must install the proprietary application (yep, at EVERY boot), downloads it and installs. It's only after Dropbox has done its thing that the rest of the system starts to behave normally.
Today I decided to uninstall Dropbox. Suddenly, the 2 minute delay is gone. Firefox takes about 5 seconds to start up, and I'm browsing web pages. Boot time to the GUI is also noticeably faster.
This seems to be an ongoing issue. I'm a basic user, but this annoyance is making it unlikely that I'll upgrade.
I'm pretty sure it's the Dropbox installer. Everything grinds to a halt until after it is finished installing. Problem is that it wants to download and install on every single boot.
Yes, I already had, but I thought I'd do it again. Same result. Increased boot time, user interface is frozen until Dropbox has finished downloading and installing the proprietary module. It downloads and installs at every cold boot (i.e power cycle).
After I uninstalled the dropbox daemon this time, Firefox was still borked. Re-installing Firefox (sudo apt install --reinstall firefox) fixed that.
Yes and no. I've solved the problem of reinstalling at every boot by uninstalling Dropbox.
I can still access it via the web interface, but the local folder no longer remains in sync automatically. Not a good solution, but it seems to be the only one available.
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