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Better Ubuntu Linux bluetooth management with Blueman

l found (courtesy of Bigbrovar’s post, thanks) a piece of software called Blueman that provides better bluetooth management under Ubuntu Intrepid (it’s also available for other Ubuntu versions). It basicall replaces the current bluetooth manager under Intrepid.

What’s cool about blueman is that in addition to better bluetooth management under Ubuntu, it is also able to manage wireless broadband (GPRS/EDGE/3G) connections hand in hand with Ubuntu’s Network Manager. I’ve tried it on my Motorola RAZR mobile phone and it is able to setup HAL so that I can easily connect / disconnect to the Internet using Network Manager.

The last time I tried if my cell phone is supported by the Network Manager, I had to use the mobile phone’s cable to be able to connect to the Internet. If I wanted to connect to the Internet via bluetooth on my cell phone, I had to setup ppp manually. With Blueman, it’s done automatically for you. Great!

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Upgraded to VirtualBox 2.0.2 on Ubuntu

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I’ve just finished upgrading from VirtualBox 1.6.4 to VirtualBox 2.0.2 and I must say that the VirtualBox team has really done a great job in version 2.0.2. I still haven’t tried new support of VirtualBox for 64 bit guest machines because I am using the 32-bit version of Ubuntu.

One of the more obvious improvements that I readily found is in the seamless mode. Seamless mode in Virtualbox allows you to integrate you guest machine’s desktop into the host machines desktop. When I was using version 1.6.4, seamless mode was not too useful since my Windows guest machine would simply hang up.

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How To: Install Ubuntu Linux on HP Compaq C700 (Part 2)

Last time I posted what will work out of the box when you install the Ubuntu Hardy Linux distro on a HP Compaq C793TU notebook. Today, I’m spending some time writing about how to make some of the other things work like for example the Atheros wifi chip on a Compaq C793TU and dual head monitors that automatically configures itself whether there is an external monitor or none connected.

On this post, I’m also writing some special setup that I have that others might be interested like using a stereo bluetooth headset and a bluetooth mouse on the Compaq Presario C793TU.

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