Home > Linux > Linux Development Kernel Gets Bluetooth Linux Development Kernel Gets Bluetooth Eugenia Loli 2002-05-28 Linux 9 Comments “Support for Bluetooth has been added to the Linux development kernel, a step toward native Bluetooth support in upcoming releases of the Linux operating system.” Read the report at ZDNews. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 9 Comments 2002-05-28 8:46 pm Sorry for the pun, but Bluetooth is a little long-in-the-tooth to have such a nascent presence. The stack is nice, but where’s the hardware? Either the whole concept is flawed, or the current technology isn’t ready, or version one is of limited use. The Bluetooth folks need to forget about it or work on the next generation, respectively. The status quo for Bluetooth sucks. 2002-05-28 9:41 pm Bluetooth is very much alive and kicking. BT adapters for the PC are to be had easily with USB connecting, HP has allready released a BT printer, and nearly all cellular phones within the next one year will propably have this technology, and I find in genuinly useful on my Ericsson T68, for synchronization and phone to phone communication. About time IRDA dies, long overdue too I might add. You obviously do grasp the basics of the technology, as the premises are quite simple, wireless communication for low power, extremely portable devices. Wlan will never get there, because its power consumption is insane in comparison, not to mention BTs security makes Wlans seem laughable. -Knut 2002-05-29 4:27 am Now you can have more technology that no one wants to use compiled natively into your next pre-bloated distro. PCMCI support in your desktop kernel, anyone? 2002-05-29 1:36 pm >> PCMCI support in your desktop kernel, anyone? << hahaha, couldn’t help myself, sorry! ) 2002-05-29 11:33 pm >>HP has allready released a BT printer; link please as far as i can see, HP is giving up “bluetooth for printers” solutions. more recently announced products are mostly wlan. BT range is much to short for an medium sized office. ( i know it can be stretched with proper hardware, but then again there goes low power consumption) flo 2002-05-30 7:04 am hp deskjet 995c is the printer btw, so it is released and has sold quite a bit afaik, and I would like to know where you get the information they are discontinuing BT support? Link please. Let me draw up what Bluetooth is one more time. Bluetooth is NOT a competitor to wlan, people who think this, and has said that Bluetooth is inferior to Wlan tech. do not have a clue what they are talking about. Bluetooth is basicly the successor to irda. I know this isnt very fancy, but that’s mostly what it is. It’s for low power, extremely portable devices which needs to keep battery usage at a minimum. Try to activate your Wlan card in your pc and watch the battery gauge, quite the power hungry little beast, aint it? In comparison, Bluetooth can be enabled always on my T68 with almost no loss in battery life, and wlan will never get that. Advantages? Wireless synchronozation, laptop access to modem without wires or balancing it infront of IR port, a standard communication that enables you to send a file quick and easy to someone you meet. Bluetooth is here to stay, you will just have to deal with it, cause there is nothing better out there, and there is nothing on the horizon either, apart from the next incarnation. -Knut 2002-05-31 6:14 am Knut Grimstad, that’s almost exactly the same thing that I heard a year ago. I still don’t see the stuff actually on store shelves. If I can’t buy it, it’s not here. My ancient HP LJ-6P has an IRDA port that I can use today. 2002-05-31 8:23 am Well, it is here, but here for me is in Europe, so maybe that’s why you haven’t seen any. If you live in other parts of the worls, the US for example, then you you probably know that they aren’t exactly early adopters of mobile technology. -Knut 2002-06-01 4:03 am Yeah, I’ve noticed that my fellow Americans have become a reactionary lot. But we finally have GSM in major cities — wheeeee!