Codehost makes the BrightQ™ printing solution for multi-function devices and printers available for the FreeBSD operating environment.

CULVER CITY, CA - MAY 14, 2003 — Codehost Inc., a leading provider of software solutions for hardware manufacturers within the printing and imaging markets, today announced that it’s BrightQ™ printing suite will support the FreeBSD operating system.

BrightQ™ provides administrators and users of various flavors of Unix, Linux, and now FreeBSD, with an easy-to-use, graphically-rich, printing environment, and easy-to-configure and support service protocol suite. The turnkey package allows end users to take full advantage of a multi-function devices or a printers advanced finishing capabilities, while still capitalizing on the strengths of their mission critical applications.

“While FreeBSD may not yet have the recognition of other free Unix operating systems, it is being utilized within countless [corporate] IT environments as a backbone for everyday IT solutions,” said Sam Bizri, president and CEO of Codehost. “In releasing BrightQ for FreeBSD, we’re doing our part by providing professional printing tools for serious operating systems.”

FreeBSD is an advanced operating system that supports a number of hardware architectures including x86 and UltraSPARC. It is derived from BSD Unix and offers advanced networking, performance, security and compatibility features which are unavailable in some commercial operating environments. Like Linux, FreeBSD and its source code, are free of licensing costs.

“As a FreeBSD user, I’m more than happy to assist in releasing the necessary printing tools to a robust Unix operating system like FreeBSD. BrightQ’s cross-platform nature allows us to supply this printing solution between a robust Unix OS and high-end printing equipment,” said Rafael A. Barrero, a senior sytems engineer at Codehost.

BrightQ™, in addition to providing full feature support to the FreeBSD printing environment, 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.

BrightQ™ offers support for most major UNIX operating systems and Linux distributions. The BrightQ FreeBSD release will support FreeBSD 4.0 and above. Codehost distributes its product through its OEM partners and their dealer channels. Companies currently offering BrightQ include Canon, Ricoh, Savin, Lanier, Gestettner and Kyocera Mita.

On April 14 Canon announced the availability of BrightQ for its imageRUNNER, CLC and wide format printers. You can learn more about Codehost and download BrightQ materials by visiting

About Codehost, Inc.

Founded in 1999, Codehost has emerged as the leader in Linux and UNIX software development for leading manufacturers of printers and multi-function devices. 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. You can learn more about BrightQ™ and additional Codehost products and services by visiting BrightQ is currently a nominee for The 2003 LBT Readers Choice Awards under the category of “The Best Linux Productivity Tool.” You can cast your vote for the Best Linux Applications in 14 categories by visiting