Elementary OS update: Mostly great!

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I’ve been running with Elementary OS for a bit now, and on balance am quite pleased with the experience. Enough so that I’ve moved to it at work too. It’s quite stable, looks great, and is a bit faster than Unity. Not bad!

However, it hasn’t been perfect. For instance, getting a bluetooth connection that would work across suspend and reboot was elusive. Ultimately, I’ve ended up doing the following, as was suggested at this blog post.

  • set keyboard discoverable
  • “hcitool scan” and copy mac address XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX
  • “sudo bluez-simple-agent hci0 XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX”
  • which will hopefully return somthing like:
  • “DisplayPasskey (/org/bluez/537/hci0/…, 123456)”
  • the number at the end of the string represents the PIN you need to enter for pairing. enter those numbers on your bluetooth
  • device and confirm with return
  • on success you should get “Release” and “New device (/org/bluez/…”
  • now set device as trusted “sudo bluez-test-device trusted XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX yes”
  • you might have a connection now, but i still needed to:
  • “sudo bluez-test-input connect XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX”
  • now reboot and hope for the best!

Thankfully, this seems to be working well. I’ve been using a bluetooth keyboard and mouse at home for several days and they’ve been working perfectly across reboots, resuming from suspend, and in all of the ways that one might reasonably expect.  Ah, Linux. It’s good to be back.

GoSaBe Blog - Nov 18, 2013 | Hardware, Linux