MattZimmerman: this spec is far too comprehensive. it needs to be broken down into individual, achievable parts. For example, bluetooth networking via a phone should be a single spec, bluetooth file transfer another.


BetterBluetoothSupport - Usable UI tools for the bluetooth stack


Bluetooth is becoming more and more popular among devices that people have. Many devices that people use every day such as cell phones, headsets, headphones, printers, cameras, and more are starting to utilize bluetooth technologies.

Use cases

Bluetooth device as authentication

Bluetooth filetransfer

Synchronization over Bluetooth

Bluetooth devices as regular computer peripherials

Mobile phone as a computer peripherial


Covers usage of many bluetooth devices in common and innovative methods.



gnome-bluetooth and gnome-phone-manager help with some of the use cases.


Data preservation and migration

Outstanding issues

The first part of getting bluetooth devices to work, the "pairing", is mostly broken at Ubuntu. Does noboby else encountered this? Perhaps everybody who uses it right now, is a expert. And all who want to, have given up with the conclusion "seems Linux (Ubuntu) isnt ready for bluetooth right now.

At Kubuntu (with the great KBluetooth stuff) its somewhat better, but could also be improved. But I am using Ubuntu so KBluetooth isnt the right thing for me.

BoF agenda and discussion

I have following comments. I suppose they will cover most of the remaining usecases. If so move them to implementation section.

-- OnkarShinde

LunaTick: The majority of the use cases on this page could be applied to infra-red connections as well as bluetooth ones. It would be excellent if new tools were designed in such a way that an infra-red back-end could be added at a later date (or at the same time?).

Add a program GPRS Easy Connect for connecting to the internet with a mobile phones/modems PCMCIA with irda/USB/COM/Bluetooth and GPRS/EDGE/UMTS

AzraelNightwalker: We can take some ideas from Fedora's wiki:

CategorySpec CategoryBluetooth

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