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Bluetooth on Linux

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Usually most DRM-oriented devices out there, such as a lot of PDA’s aren’t that well supported on GNU/Linux. Sure, there are some applications that can interact with them, but they aren’t so easy to operate with.

Bluetooth is one of those technologies I like to call DRMd, but Bluetooth isn’t really a DRMd technology. Support for it in GNU/Linux is, I have to say this, more than excellent. BlueZ is the name of the project that does all of those HCI and who-knows-what sinks and wells and pipes and kernel stuff.

Basically, if you have a compatible USB Bluetooth dongle all you need to do is just plug it in! It works right away. In Nautilus, the GNOME DE main file manager, to send a file all you need to do is: Right click the file you want to send > Send To… > Select from Send As: Bluetooth (OBEX Push), then select the devce > Send. It’s one of those things that “Just work!”.

The only thing that isn’t so good in GNU/Linux is A2DP protocol for Advanced Audio jumbo-mambos for Bluetooth headphones. ALSA is working on it, and it’s pretty good so far, but it has some issues, of course.


Written by Act1v8

July 16, 2007 at 11:52 pm

Posted in bluetooth, gnome