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Bluetooth enhancements support the following use cases. Additional use cases can be found on O'Reilly's website .


  • Name: BastienNocera

Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 10
  • Last updated: 2008-03-26
  • Percentage of completion: ?

Bluetooth enhancements in Fedora are currently in development.

the CUPS backend work is available in Fedora 8 and rawhide.

Out-of-the-box support for the Sixaxis PS3 controller is stalled .

gnome-phone-manager and its gnokii backend are getting enhanced (see below).

Bemused support is in Totem SVN (see below).

Bluetooth support for the Palm is available in rawhide.

gnome-obex-send was replaced by bluetooth-sendto in rawhide (see below). gnome-obex-server was replaced by gnome-user-share in rawhide (see below).

ObexFTP file sharing and ObexPush file reception were added to gnome-user-share (see below).

GVFS ObexFTP browsing is upstream (see below).

PS3 Remote support is now in Fedora 9.

Usage cases/rationale, Scope and Implementation details

Sending files to a mobile phone/Palm

  • Earl downloaded a ringtone on a website, and wants to use it as the default ring on his mobile.
  • Catalina received an e-mail from her boyfriend with a picture attachment and wants to set the background picture on her phone.
  • Darnell browsed the web to find a map of that office he has an appointment at and wants to send the map to his Palm.

Possible solutions:

gnome-obex-send was deprecated in favour of bluez-gnome's bluetooth-sendto, which uses the results of the Google Summer of Code project, and is available in rawhide (Fedora 9 Alpha and above).

Receiving files from remote Bluetooth devices

  • Randy received some funny movie from his friend on his mobile and wants to watch it on his computer.
  • Somebody sent Darnel a vCard via Bluetooth, and he wants to have it added to his address book automatically

Possible solutions:

gnome-user-share 0.22 now has ObexFTP and ObexPush support. gnome-obex-server is now deprecated.

Browsing files on a remote device

  • Catalina took loads of pictures with her mobile phone on an evening out, and wants to see the pictures on her computer, removing the bad-looking ones, and uploading the ones she likes on flickr.

Possible solutions:

  • Browse device menu item is in Fedora 8

Rawhide's nautilus uses GVFS, support will be in gvfs 0.1.9.

Stand-alone Bluetooth printing

  • Same as above, and she wants to print those pictures to a Bluetooth printer that was lent to her.

Possible solutions:

  • Bluetooth CUPS backend , already packaged in bluez-utils-cups
  • Integration with system-config-printer
  • Integration in the bluetooth-preferences

bluez-utils-cups in rawhide and upstream has support for discovery and automated driver selection, using system-config-printer.

Sharing a local printer over Bluetooth

  • Same as above, but Catalina had to give back the Bluetooth printer. But her computer has a printer attached and Bluetooth, and she wants to print some pictures directly from her mobile.

Possible solutions:

  • Add a service to BlueZ's hcid to share some specific local printers over Bluetooth
  • May need to implement Basic Printing Profile ?

Remote controls

  • Darnell is travelling, and plugged his laptop into the TV in his hotel room, but he doesn't want to get up to choose another film, so wants to use his mobile phone, or his Palm as a remote control.

Possible solutions, for Sony Ericsson phones:

Possible solutions, for other phones:

Totem has a Bemused server available as a plugin , but the Bemused protocol is sub-par. Should look into Remuco later on.

Support for the PS3 Blu-Ray remote is now in Fedora 9. See below for details.

Mobile phone SMS/Call related items

Initiating/answering a call from your mobile phone

Sending receiving text messages from your mobile

Setting time and date on the mobile

  • Randy sits all day in front of his computer in his office, and wants to see on the big computer screen when people call him, and be able to send and receive text messages, faxes and receive phone calls without using the hard-to-use phone UI and keyboard.

Possible solutions:

  • gnome-phone-manager
  • gnokii (backend)
  • evolution integration (calling/sending message to specific contact)
  • faxing

The AT driver (used by most phones) in gnokii got enhanced to support SMS and call notifications, and fixes for battery status.

gnome-phone-manager 's backend support SMS, and call notifications, as well as battery reporting.

Battery reporting to the user should be implemented in gnome-power-manager .

PIM (appointments, contacts) synchronisation (Phone/Palm)

  • Darnell's Palm has all his details, but he wants to synchronise the data with his computer and phones, in case he loses one of them while travelling.

Possible solutions:

gnome-phone-manager knows how to talk to phones, and should allow to get/set PIM data through its D-Bus API.

There's also ways to access the full calendar and addressbooks on a few phones, using either the FBS UUID (example command ), or a PBAP server (implemented in obex-data-server ).

gnome-pilot 2.0.16 has Bluetooth synchronisation builtin.

Keyboards, mice

  • When he's home, Darnell wants to use a real size keyboard and mouse with his laptop, rather than rely on his trackpad and small keyboard.
  • Randy wants to unclutter his office desk, and junks out his USB keyboard and mouse in order to use Bluetooth keyboard and mouse instead.

Possible solutions:

Dial-up, 3G, Networking over Bluetooth

  • Darnell is on the move again, and wants to check his e-mail out on his laptop, but the seedy hotel doesn't have any wireless connection. So he wants to use his phone's internet connection instead (using either DUN or PAN).

Possible solutions:

  • NetworkManager integration with BlueZ's hcid (see upstream bug , only PAN right now)
  • Native Bluetooth support in pppd (worked on by David Woodhouse).

Handsfree headsets (phone use) and Headphones (Music)

  • Randy wants to use his Bluetooth headset when answering phone calls on his mobile, or in Ekiga when he's sitting at his office desk.
  • Catalina downloaded some music on her computer, and wants to use her Bluetooth headset to listen to "Jump around" while she dances around in her room.

Possible solutions:

  • bluez-utils' audio service
  • integration in GStreamer and/or PulseAudio (see PulseAudio integration )
  • integration in the bluez-gnome preferences/device manager


  • Darnell is running away again, and needs to find his hideout. But he's only got the coords.

Possible solutions:


This is documentation for features/use cases where the process differs from previous releases.

Browsing files on a remote device


  • gnome-vfs2-obexftp (Fedora 8) or gvfs 0.1.9 (Fedora 9)
  • nautilus
  • bluez-gnome

In your panel, right-click on the Bluetooth icon, and select the Browse device... menu item. This will bring up a list of devices in the vicinity, as well as known devices. Select the one you want to browse, and click Connect.

Stand-alone Bluetooth printing


  • bluez-utils-cups
  • system-config-printer

In the System menu, select Administration then Printing. After having typed in the administrator password, select New Printer in the toolbar. Your printer should appear in the list of printers. Proceed through the wizard.

Note: If it does not, make sure the printer was made discoverable, following its manual. Note: If the printer driver wasn't automatically detected, run /usr/lib/cups/backend/bluetooth in a terminal, and file a bug against system-config-printer with the output in the Red Hat bugzilla.

Sending SMS/texts via Bluetooth


  • gnome-phone-manager

Launch the Phone Manager from the System Tools section of the Applications menu. Setup your mobile phone in the Preferences (right-click on the mobile phone icon in the panel). After having connected to the phone, you should be able to send new messages by right-clicking and selecting Send Message, reception should be automatic.

Using keyboards and mice


  • bluez-gnome

Right-click on the Bluetooth icon in your panel and select Preferences. In the Services tab, select the input service, and make sure it is started. Click on Add below. Select the device you want to add, and click Connect.

Note: Make sure the input device is discoverable (as per the user manual), and that it has enough battery power.

Sending files via Obex Push


  • bluez-gnome
  • nautilus-sendto

Right-click on a file or files in nautilus and click "Send to...", and select a destination device.

Receiving/Sharing files via ObexFTP and ObexPush


  • gnome-user-share

Select Share Public files over Bluetooth (ObexFTP) or Receive files in Downloads folder over Bluetooth (ObexPush) in the Personal File Sharing preferences.

PIM (appointments, contacts) synchronisation (Palm only)


  • gnome-pilot 2.0.16 or newer

To setup your Palm/PC synchronisation: 1. Setup your PC as the BT hotsync device on your Palm: BluetoothSetup DevicesPC SetupBluetooth Hotsync, and select your computer in the list (make sure it's made visible in the Bluetooth applet's preferences)

1. Add the Palm to the gnome-pilot setup: PreferencesHardwarePalmOS Devices and enable some of the conduits

1. Ready to Sync! Go to Hotsync on the Palm, select your computer in the drop-down, and click the sync icon.

You can use a tool like BTSync to automate synchronisation.

Remote controls (PS3 Blu-Ray remote)


  • bluez-utils 3.29

To use the remote control with your computer: 1. Make the remote discoverable by pressing the Enter and Start buttons at the same time 1. Follow the instructions to setup keyboards and mice above

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