still takes a long time to get to the gui .... about 7 seconds ... maybe there is something that does not work well in clover ... I dont think this is normal.
It's normal. Chameleon and Clover works differently: Chameleon uses BIOS, Clover puts's whole UEFI layer on top of BIOS and uses UEFI. That's why it takes some time - to init that UEFI layer. There are also 2 seconds spent on giving you are chance to load Chameleon or Clover (if you installed boot1*alt). If you are up for speed, then you should try direct UEFI boot if you have UEFI motherboard.
But I think talking about speed exclusively is missing a point of having Clover available. Some explanation from Slice here
. There was a point when Chameleon was not able to boot new Lion. I was not here then, but if I understood correctly it was because boot args structure was changed. Fortunately, it was soon fixed (by cparm?), but the similar thing could happen again - Apple could change something and Chameleon could fail again - that's the main reason why having an alternative which operates completely different (by using Apple's boot loader boot.efi) is good to have. If it's few seconds slower - who cares.
Another reason - to have fun with exploring new things. Experimenting with UEFI and Clover already brought native UEFI boot to some of us. Apart from fun, learning new things, exploring, is it important? Who knows. I could live without mobile 15 years ago just fine, but not any more.