CANON U.S.A. AND CODEHOST INC. ANNOUNCE DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT TO OFFER BRIGHTQ FOR THE imageRUNNER
LAKE SUCCESS, NY and CULVER CITY, CA - August 13, 2002 — 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 BrightQ™ 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™, 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, as well as cohesive across Unix operating systems and Linux distributions. Other key components of BrightQ™ include Codehost’s BrightInstall, an installation tool that enables systems support personnel to easily install, configure, and support their Unix/Linux customer base, BrightQ™ configuration tool, and the BrightQ™ Print Job Manager. BrightQ™ offers support for most major UNIX operating systems and Linux distributions.