I’ve been using antergos under both gnome and cinnamon. I have found that cinnamon starts up very quickly from lightdm, but gnome would take about 15 to 30 seconds to start. It would show me a blank screen for a long time before the desktop jump out.
I’ve also used pure arch with gnome. What I’ve experienced from that is that gnome starts very fast from gdm, as I used gdm. I also tried manjaro with gnome. It’s not as fast as arch, but certainly faster than antergos. I’m very confused now.
I don’t understand what’s happening. I love gnome and want to switch back from cinnamon, but I have to find a way to avoid this long and agonizing wait.
Or else, I’d be forced to build my own arch if I have time. But I most definitely love antergos.