Bluetooth in Gnome

Ok, so after my rant the other day about making Bluetooth easy in Gnome, I decided to take a look at the situation for the first time in a while.

Yes, it’s been about 6 months or even a year since I last tried to set up bluetooth on Linux and now I have a new Dell XPS M1710 notebook with a built in bluetooth module. So I took a look in Synaptic, I’m running Feisty so maybe it’s easier these days. I installed bluez-gnome and gnome-bluetooth and was able to use my phone to set up a connection to my bluetooth module, enter a pin on my phone, was prompted by my laptop to insert the pin into the dialog box and bingo. I was able to send files to my phone using Nautilus’ Send-to dialog and send files to my notebook after starting the bluetooth daemon and opening Gnome-Bluetooth.

So, success, but it could be easier I guess but it’s not as hard as I remember. All I have to do now is work out how to use my phone as a modem and perhaps browse my phone over bluetooth.

Oh and work out how to get my internal modem to work, but that’s a job for another day.