August 15, 2002

Canon U.S.A and Codehost announce development agreement

An anonymous coward writes: Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), and industry leader in networked imaging solutions, and Codehost Inc., a leader in Linux and Unix software applications, today announced a development agreement where Codehost will supply its Bright(tm) suite of Linux and Unix-based printing tools for use with Canon's imageRUNNER line of multi-function devices. The two companies will demonstrate the solution this week at LinuxWorld 2002, being held in San Francisco's Moscone Center August 13-15.
"Canon U.S.A. is very pleased to announce this new development agreement with Codehost," said Dennis Amorosano, director and assistant general manager of Canon U.S.A.'s Copier and Networked Office Systems Division. "With BrightQ, our dealers and customers will have complete Linux and Unix print support for our popular line of imageRUNNER devices, including access to the advanced document finishing features that have clearly differentiated us from our competition."

"Canon is demonstrating that both complex printing and finishing features need not be the sole realm of Microsoft and Apple clients. This step will enable a MFD market that up to this point has been almost completely ignored and subsequently untapped," said Eric Levy, general manager of Print Systems at Codehost Inc. "The Linux operating system continues to make inroads into corporate infrastructure, and on the desktop. We envision this trend continuing. The nature of not having to manage costly client OS licenses, and the ever increasing volume of available software will continue to push Linux onto the desktop, where complex printing will be the norm."

BrightQ(tm), in addition to providing Linux and Unix printing to Canon's imageRUNNER line, will also provide a turnkey print driver interface, support for industry standard printing protocols, and a queuing system that is simple, intuitive, and cohesive across Unix operating systems and Linux distributions. Other key components of BrightQ(tm) include Codehost's BrightInstall, an installation tool that enables systems support personnel to easily install, configure, and support their Unix/Linux customer base, BrightQ(tm) configuration tool, and the BrightQ(tm) Print Job Manager. BrightQ(tm) offers support for most major UNIX operating systems and Linux distributions.

About Codehost Inc.
Codehost is a software development firm that focuses on developing custom applications and turnkey solutions for a variety of hardware manufacturers and software vendors. With their expertise in a number of software platforms, hardware architectures, embedded technologies and peripheral devices, Codehost strives to establish long-term relationships with OEM's to support and grow their market share, while helping them enter emerging market segments.

About Canon U.S.A.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. In 2001, the Company was listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America, and was ranked #41 on the BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." Its parent company Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top patent-holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2001, with global revenues of $26 billion. Canon U.S.A. employs approximately 11,000 people at over 30 locations. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.

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