Bluetooth Headset on Ubuntu

Pulse audio device choser:
sudo apt-get install paprefs paman padevchooser
Switch to PulseAudio by going into System -> Preferences -> Sound. Go into the Devices tab and change the Sound playback option for everything from Autodetect to PulseAudio Sound Server.

Use the gnome Bluetooth device wizard to pair your headset to the desktop

When the device is in pair mode you can type to learn the device unique ID
$ hcitool scan
Scanning ...
00:1F:82:28:XX:XX DR-BT101

create the file in $HOME/.asoundrc with the correct device ID:

pcm.bluetooth {
type bluetooth
device 00:1F:82:28:XX:XX
profile "auto"

type to test if the it's working:
mplayer -ao alsa:device=bluetooth ANY_MP3_FILE.mp3

Ubuntu Jaunty 64 bit:

You need some extra 32 bit libraries to make skype bluetooth work on Ubuntu 64 bit.


getlibs -p bluez
getlibs -p bluez-alsa

A more sophisticated Bluetooth Manager (not needed):

Add this source
deb jaunty main

Do not update your system with the new version of bluez from this source.

type to replace default gnome bluetooth applet with blueman type:
sudo apt-get install blueman

Disable this source.