Dang, everytime I'm about to post a reply I get a warning about another post!!
Um, don't know, although I guess it wouldn't hurt - especially if the problem could be replicated. But check out the link Neal has just posted.
I have set the home page to all my browsers to Google, although Hammer was originally the PCLinuxOS site. Same result. Interesting though, changing the home page to various sites gives different times - none more than eleven seconds, some down to six. Damn, now Jumanji is down to six seconds - wasn't that yesterday! Google has always been a funny one around here - I don't get it. However Chromium and Firefox are almost instant in presenting a home page so it seems to still be webkit based.