Why I dropped fish in favour of Zsh

Developers are religious about two things: their editor and their shell. After getting multiple recommendations from friends and co-workers I gave fish a try. It lists several benefits over other shells, among other there’s autosuggetions, colour support and web based configuration. Installing it on a Mac is easy with Homebrew, so I figured why not give it a fair try. And yes, fish has its benefits. I used the web based configurator.

Fixing a slow starting Terminal or iTerm2 on Mac OS X

For some time I have been annoyed with how slow my Terminal (in my case iTerm2) starts up. It would take 5-10 seconds before I was presented a prompt. Being in the console for the better part of the day, this was unacceptable. The first thing I did was upgrade Bash to Zsh. I’d heard great things about Zsh, so I thought I’d give it a try. Zsh is really awesome, but it did not fix the start-up delay I was experiencing previously with Bash.