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    I have been using this as my daily-driver since July and very happy so far.

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      I just looked at the calling/texting demo video, and while it’s really cool to write a text in vim, the entire process seemed pretty time-consuming with several menus to navigate with the volume rocker, etc. Once you get used to it, do you find the UI as fast to use as a more conventional touch-based UI?

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        I don’t use their calling/texting features (I’m a jmp.chat user) but I find the button shortcuts very handy for sure, and the UI is much snappier than Android so even an extra tap now and then doesnt add time overall IME.

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      It looks amazing. I look forward to getting a pinephone once my current phone dies.

      I have looked at the repository and noticed that the programs are written in C. Would a different language be a better choice to write and maintain such an environment? It is hard for me to propose an alternative, I am mentioning this because it seems like C with all its advantages has many issues as well and maybe a fresh start (kind of new platform?) would allow using different tools. For tools as simple as https://git.sr.ht/~mil/sxmo-utils/tree/master/programs/sxmo_setpineled.c wouldn’t a shell script be a better choice?

      Additnally, the file mentioned above looks suspicious to me – sprintf to a 80 bytes buffer regardless of the input, no free to malloc, program can return a negative value.

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        no free to malloc

        There is no point in freeing blocks at the end of a program

        To your larger point, I’m not surprised that suckless attracts a lot of C hackers, and I’m not surprised that C hackers prefer to write certain types of tools in C instead of bash.

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          The C is fine – slightly overly clever. But I agree – it’s a lot of code to run:

          type=indicator
          if [ $2 = white ]; then
              type=flash
          fi
          echo $3 > /sys/class/leds/$1:$type/brightness'
          
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            Yeah, this specific program would likely be better as a shell script, especially since the C program calls sh to write to the brightness file anyway.

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              especially since the C program calls sh to write to the brightness file anyway.

              That seems silly… are there any valid reasons why it wouldn’t just open the file and write to it directly?

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            i really want to explore using D for this, with rust or zig as slightly less compelling options. i feel like all three would be better than C.

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            This is incredible! If I ever go back to using a smartphone, this might just be what I’ll get…

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