The other day, my PowerBook’s drive croaked and I was given a loaner machine (one of Tim’s old ones; keys worn down, no battery, etc.). Normally I use Panther at work but this loaner came with Tiger.
The first thing I noticed was how slow iTerm (version 0.8.2) runs under Tiger. This is pretty much a show-stopper in my world. I guess I should explain why. For me, the idea of going back to a terminal without tabs would be like using Firefox with a new window for each page!
I confirmed the slowness with other developers at work using it and Tiger. They all had various solutions, including just using a dozen Terminal.app windows instead. I started digging into the iTerm project to see if development was still active. I hadn’t noticed much action since the release of 0.8.2. This was Monday, and the very next day I saw this on the iTerm project page (http://iterm.sourceforge.net/):
New Look 9/12/2006
We are experimenting with a new tab control (PSMTabBarControl) that can mimic Safari-like tabs. Download the binary build from the latest CVS and check it out.
It certainly looks like these guys (Fabian and Ujwal) aren’t bored with the project just yet. I grabbed the latest source from CVS to have a look. You should do the same and help them test it. Download the project source with this:
cvs -z3 -d:pserver:email@example.com:/cvsroot/iterm co -P iTerm
or just grab the binary build from the latest CVS.
I’m running it now and the result is good: I appears the memory leaks are cleaned up and I can fly around vim and the shell like I own the place. Also, check out the new Safari-like tabs:
Fabian and Ujwal: Thanks so much for continued development of this great tool.