Codehost to include portions of CUPS source for use with BrightQ™ Printing Suite

CULVER CITY, CA and HOLLYWOOD, MD - January 16, 2003 — Software developers Codehost, Inc. and Easy Software Products announced today that the two companies have entered into a licensing agreement that will allow Codehost to utilize aspects of the Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS) source code. The CUPS source code will be used within BrightQ™, Codehost’s popular turnkey printing suite for corporate UNIX and Linux users of multi-function devices and high-end printers.

“With the inclusion of CUPS source code, Codehost is capitalizing on what is emerging as an industry standard in Linux and UNIX print systems. While we have included some CUPS code in our product, BrightQ™ still retains its ability to function with or without CUPS acting as the default print system,” said Eric Levy, Codehost’s General Manager of printing systems.

Codehost has merged components of the CUPS technology with the advanced installation, print queue management, and sophisticated vendor centric filters, and parsers of the BrightQ™ printing suite. This allows Codehost to further protect its OEM partner’s investments while increasing the scalability and interoperability of BrightQ™.

“Having access to the Easy Software development team’s deep knowledge of UNIX and Linux printing allows us to grow to meet both technical and market demands,” said Codehost CEO Sam Bizri. “In the long term, this relationship will enable us to channel the appropriate resources as we extend our products and services to include undeveloped and untapped areas of corporate printing and imaging solutions.”

About Codehost Inc.

Founded in 1999, Codehost has emerged as the leader in Linux and UNIX software development for printers and multi-function devices, providing solutions and services for top manufacturers such as Canon U.S.A and Samsung Electronics.

With an expertise in a number of operating system platforms, hardware architectures, embedded technologies and peripheral devices, Codehost strives to establish long-term relationships with OEMs to support and grow their market share, while helping them enter emerging market segments.

BrightQ™ was chosen as a finalist for the Best Desktop Office Solution award during the LinuxWorld 2002 in San Francisco.