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August 9, 2006

Kubuntu 6.06 and Bluetooth

Filed under: — Sven @ 18:59 IST

Rather then getting a new computer 余艾蕾 told me I get to use her old one. After some arm twisting, I convinced her that we don’t need it to duel boot, but she gave some conditions:

  1. We have to be able to upload photos from the camera phone.
  2. The Videos we have have to be able to play on the Linux box.
  3. Using the printer should be easy.

Requirment two is easy, the video’s are from the Canon PowerShot A75, no problem there. They have been burnt to a CD and all is swell. Requirment one was the issue of last night.

The Nokia has two methods to upload files, IR and Bluetooth. I booted Kubuntu’s desktop CD and it was running BlueZ, and KDE comes with a cute bluetooth tool, so I started working on that solution. I had never really done anything with bluetooth before, and was not really sure what it was, but I thought I’d try anyway.

I plugged in the the USB bluetooth adaptor we had and, blåt, error message. I don’t quite remember what the error was exactly, but it was something like “Nah! Nah! Nah! You need to keep a copy of Windows around. Dweeb! Get a life.” Well, it all worked out in the end, skipping the:

  • Cussing.
  • Cat abusing (filling Marvin’s water bowl up with ice).
  • Anger because the KDE keyboard switcher has the same icon for the US keyboard as it has for Dvorak.
  • Disdain of stupid user friendly KDE things (which are most like configurable, unlike Mac OS X).
  • Wondering if there is a GUI way to use the IR port.

On an Ubuntu form some place I was pointed to http://www.bluez.org/download.html
and the bluez-firmware-1.2.tar.gz file and installed it. After restarting the BlueZ stuff, I plugged in the bluetooth adaptor and, bing, no error message.  A little mucking around on the phone, and up came an image.

What is really cool, is that with the Kubuntu desktop CD I can do this without uninstalling the hard drive first.  The bad part is I have to redo it after I figure out everything.

Tonight, the printer.

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