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Using Bluetooth on Linux

Dec 22, 2009, 07:33 (1 Talkback[s])
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"I have mentioned before that I use a number of Bluetooth peripherals with my portable computers. This is one of those things where, the more I use it the more I like it. I've now gotten to the point where I feel like if you have a laptop/notebook/netbook computer and you aren't using Bluetooth with it, you're at least missing out on some things, and you're probably going to unnecessary trouble and/or expense. With the latest Linux distributions, Bluetooth is really easy to set up and use, and it works very well for a variety of peripherals. I currently use the following:

"- Mouse: this is the obvious place to start. If you have a portable computer with built-in Bluetooth, you can save a USB port by using a Bluetooth mouse. Particularly on netbook systems, where there aren't a lot of USB ports, this can be a big advantage. But even on larger notebooks and laptops, if you make a lot of use of USB ports, you might be happy to recover one by using a Bluetooth mouse.

"- Mobile Phone: This is another common use. The majority of mobile phones available today include Bluetooth support. While it is very commonly used to connect a headset, it can also be used to transfer files (such as pictures and videos) to your computer."

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