Creating an Ionic Vue ap fails, MacOS and Linux Mint

Iā€™m brand new to Ionic, and trying to setup a dummy project just to get a feel for the workflow. I appear to be tripping over an installation obstacle in both MacOS and Linux Mint (the error you see below is basically the same). Any guidance would be welcome!

satyadarshin$ ionic start testApp tabs

Pick a framework! šŸ˜

Please select the JavaScript framework to use for your new app. To bypass this prompt next time, supply a value for the
--type option.

? Framework: Vue
āœ” Preparing directory ./testApp in 2.87ms
ā ¼ Downloading and extracting tabs starter events.js:291
      throw er; // Unhandled 'error' event
      ^

Error: TAR_BAD_ARCHIVE: Unrecognized archive format
    at Unpack.warn (/Users/satyadarshin/.nvm/versions/node/v14.13.1/lib/node_modules/@ionic/cli/node_modules/tar/lib/warn-mixin.js:19:40)
    at Unpack.warn (/Users/satyadarshin/.nvm/versions/node/v14.13.1/lib/node_modules/@ionic/cli/node_modules/tar/lib/unpack.js:188:18)
    at Unpack.<anonymous> (/Users/satyadarshin/.nvm/versions/node/v14.13.1/lib/node_modules/@ionic/cli/node_modules/tar/lib/parse.js:82:14)
    at Unpack.emit (events.js:326:22)
    at Unpack.[emit] (/Users/satyadarshin/.nvm/versions/node/v14.13.1/lib/node_modules/@ionic/cli/node_modules/tar/lib/parse.js:286:12)
    at Unpack.[maybeEnd] (/Users/satyadarshin/.nvm/versions/node/v14.13.1/lib/node_modules/@ionic/cli/node_modules/tar/lib/parse.js:402:17)
    at Unpack.[consumeChunk] (/Users/satyadarshin/.nvm/versions/node/v14.13.1/lib/node_modules/@ionic/cli/node_modules/tar/lib/parse.js:434:21)
    at Unpack.write (/Users/satyadarshin/.nvm/versions/node/v14.13.1/lib/node_modules/@ionic/cli/node_modules/tar/lib/parse.js:365:25)
    at Unpack.end (/Users/satyadarshin/.nvm/versions/node/v14.13.1/lib/node_modules/@ionic/cli/node_modules/tar/lib/parse.js:479:14)
    at IncomingMessage.onend (_stream_readable.js:682:10)
Emitted 'error' event on Unpack instance at:
    at Unpack.onerror (_stream_readable.js:758:14)
    at Unpack.emit (events.js:314:20)
    at Unpack.warn (/Users/satyadarshin/.nvm/versions/node/v14.13.1/lib/node_modules/@ionic/cli/node_modules/tar/lib/warn-mixin.js:19:12)
    at Unpack.warn (/Users/satyadarshin/.nvm/versions/node/v14.13.1/lib/node_modules/@ionic/cli/node_modules/tar/lib/unpack.js:188:18)
    [... lines matching original stack trace ...]
    at Unpack.write (/Users/satyadarshin/.nvm/versions/node/v14.13.1/lib/node_modules/@ionic/cli/node_modules/tar/lib/parse.js:365:25) {
  recoverable: false,
  cwd: '/Applications/MAMP/htdocs/Kitson/IonicVue/testApp',
  code: 'TAR_BAD_ARCHIVE',
  tarCode: 'TAR_BAD_ARCHIVE'
}```