What you're really asking is "Why is Git running much slower on one
computer than another?"
I don't know all the factors to consider, but I suspect that one is
whether all of the directory information about all of the component
files is cached in RAM. On a developer's machine, all of that stuff
is likely to get into RAM and stay there. On a "server", there are
likely competing demands for RAM, and the directory information for
the working copy is likely to get pushed out of RAM.
One thing would be to use utilities like xosview and free to see how
the demand for memory is on the server. You could also try running
the command twice in quick succession on the server -- after the first
one, all of the needed information will have been pulled into the
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