The original bluetooth stack doesn't work with my little cambridge dongle; but blueman does.
--EDIT: THAT DOESN'T CUT IT EITHER--
$ lsusb|grep Blue ID 0a12:0001 Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd Bluetooth Dongle (HCI mode)
$ lsmod|grep btusb btusb 10276 2 bluetooth 46960 9 sco,bnep,rfcomm,l2cap,btusb usbcore 125852 6 btusb,stk11xx,usb_storage,uhci_hcd,ehci_hcd
Now, that's upon plugging the device in - but no device was reported by bluetooth-applet, the original gnome one.
You need to install, acknowledging uninstallation of conflicting stuff:
obex-data-server blueman bluez-gnome bluez-utils libbluetooth2 gnome-vfs-obexftp libgnome-bluetooth7
bluetooth bluez pyhton-bluez libbluetooth3
gnome-user-share gnome-bluetooth obexd-server
Of course, you may have an entirely different chipset, that works with the original stack; or, blueman may be the new stack, and the other one will disappear... More likely, blueman is the former one, and when gnome-bluetooth is deemed ready, it will still not work on my computer but blueman will stop being available.
Nevertheless, that's what works here on the Debian Testing Asus laptop. For file transfer, that is; forget about modem connection.
--EDIT: AS EXPECTED, THE NEW STACK IS THE ONE THAT DOESN'T WORK--