The Alsa-Bluetooth project project provides a way to use a bluetooth headset with Linux.They do this currently by making an alsa kernel driver which uses bluez to reach the headset.

I Wrote a KDE based user space daemon wich works as drop in replacement for the btsco daemon from the Alsa-Bluetooth package. The Programm is in early beta stage. Just start it from the Console and you will have a small kicker applet in your Systray. KBtsco has a function to discover the BAddr of your Headset. Once you did the pairing via e.g. KBluetoothd package, you can click the headset icon in the Systray to connect to the headset. All actions get visualized via On-Screen-Display in the right corner of your monitor. After connecting you can push your connect button on the headset wich actually opens the sco socket. I used this tool on daily basis with Skype. Sometimes sndbtsco seems to crash and eats all CPU time,it’s still beta i think.

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After reading the CT article about the BlueMp3 player, i knew i need this piece of hardware. It’s an bluetooth mp3 player based on the Atmel Mega128 cpu. The firmware source is available and the client is linux based. So what do i need more to play around? I ordered the pcb and parts at Segor. The Bluetooth module and the Atmega was pre-solderd, because it’s not easy to solder TQFP’s at home. The thing was build after a hour of soldering and worked perfect. But the bluetooth signal just worked over 5 meters. So i added an Lambda/4 antenna (thanks tobi) to the bluetooth module, which extented the coverage up to 20 meters. But what i really needed was a GUI to play my mp3s. Since iam KDE user i deciced to programm my own Gui called k2send. I setup a project page a berlios for it.

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