Published on Feb 21, 2022 by Arpad Ray
Alacritty has long been my terminal of choice. It's blazing fast, it looks great, and it's written in Rust ❤.
Six years ago today, Joe Wilm made the first commit to the Alacritty Git repo, so I've decided to celebrate with a brief dive into the repo history.
The first few commits were poking at font management, but then we got to meaningful output with this wonderfully dry commit message:
Then there were quite a few smaller commits laying the groundwork before two early milestones, "Initial ANSI parser implementation" and "Initial support for Terminal Emulation (woo!)":
Alacritty remained a one-man show for the next several months but impressively, by the time of Joe Wilm's pre-alpha announcement post, he'd been using it as his primary terminal for a while already.
The striking thing looking at the contributors is the distance between the top three and all the others. With 363 total committers it's clearly in good health, but I think it's pretty unusual to see such a small core team for such a popular project.
With that in mind, huge thanks and congratulations to Joe Wilm, Christian Duerr, Kirill Chibisov and everyone else who has contributed to Alacritty. Here's to another six years!
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