[BlueDevil 1.2] kio_bluetooth configured and discovered devices

After releasing stable versions (boooring) there is nothing better than publish new features, and it gets even better when those features are between the most requested/wanted.

The feature I’m going to introduce may sound kinda useless for some people, but in all KDE software we offer different ways of doing things, so you can find which way integates better with your workflow.

In BlueDevil 1.0 and 1.1 when you use the kio_bluetooth (bluetooh:// in your browser), what it did was start a bluetooth discovery, meaning that the only devices going to appear into the file browser were those who had the visible mode activated. This behavior is totally counterproductive since you have to: wait 10 seconds until the scan ends and/or turn on the visibility in your device. Well you won’t have to do this anymore.

Now the first thing that is shown in kio_bluetooth are the configured devices allowing you to quickly select one device, at the same time a discovery is perform in the background so new devices will appear when found (and not when the 10seconds scan ends).

A picture say more than thousand words:

kio_bluetooth discovered and configured devices

And now the mandatory video, watch it careful! I’ve put an Easter egg on it which shows about what I’m going to talk tomorrow.

Direct Link

Cya and remember, this feature is going to be available in BlueDevil 1.2, to be released in 4/6 weeks.

  • mutlu

    Hey Alex, I get a 404 error when clicking the link to the video.

  • madgnu

    Hi, Alex!

    What about DUN support in 1.2? It’s not hard to run one shell command to get mobile broadband via bluetooth in networkmanagement, but ordinary users don’t know about it ;)

  • Flyser

    Dont call it “Configured Devices”. “Known Devices” is much cleaner.
    KISS ;-)

    • http://www.afiestas.org afiestas


  • Rezza

    Hi Alex! Thanks for your amazing work!

    Yep, 404 :(

  • peterix

    Looks very nice :)
    I have an idea for improving it somewhat:
    In dolphin, you have these two groups – discovered and configured. What happens when the user drags an icon from ‘discovered’ to ‘configured’? I think it should open up some kind of wizard and let the user configure it.

    And a question:
    This seems to be in the gruped view of dolphin. What happens if the view isn’t grouped? Can the user tell which devices are configured and which aren’t?

    • http://www.afiestas.org afiestas

      Not easily, that’s why the categorized view was created :/

  • peterix

    Maybe something similar to what the subversion plugin does – add a smaller icon to the corner of the device icons. Also, it might be better to populate the view as the devices are found. It can’t be taking the whole 10 seconds.

    Anyway, rock on and keep being awesome. If I wasn’t already drowning in code I’d lend a hand :)

    • http://www.afiestas.org afiestas

      I will ask for a new icon so we can workaround the thing :)

  • BajK

    @afiestas but this folder Bluetooth is opened grouped by default? Since I normally dont use grouping and dont want to change that for this particular view only.
    And another question: Can you now drag files onto that “Send File” thing? Normally when you click it, the asisstant appears guiding you through the upload process. It was nice if you could just drag a file onto that “Send File” item and have that particular file uploaded.

    • http://www.afiestas.org afiestas

      I tried the sendfile thing once, I think it is possible but not easy.
      The categorized view is not activated by default, though it is awesome :p

  • promeneur

    i am very impatient to use the 1.2

    use of bluetooth technology expands every day, no more cable for mobile devices.
    this is a big improvement.
    Linux must have a good bluetooth implementation.