Saturday, July 24, 2010

Revisiting Ubuntu's Bluetooth support

It's been a few years since my last post on Ubuntu's bluetooth support. In just a couple of years, it's improved tremendously from "basic support only" to "just works". For desktop computers, simply plug in your USB dongle and you're ready to go. On Ubuntu 10.04, an indicator appears and you can setup new pairings, send files to your mobile device, browse files, etc.

For security reasons receiving files and your computer's visibility to other bluetooth devices is disabled. To enable them simply head over to the Preferences item on the indicator menu. You can even manage currently paired devices, or setup new device pairings from here. Doesn't get simpler than that.

Make sure "Make computer visible" is checked in your preferences. Click the Receive Files button from the Preferences window, and it's a matter of enabling "Receive files in Downloads folder over Bluetooth" to allow paired devices to send files to your Ubuntu computer. Simple. Just the way it should be.

You might want to disable notifications though, especially when receiving large numbers of files to prevent a glut of notification pop ups. It gets annoying closing all those windows.

Related posts:

Simple (but clunky) Bluetooth on Ubuntu