West Caldwell, NJ and Culver City, California - January 22, 2004 — Ricoh Corporation, the leading provider of digital office equipment, today introduced the availability of BrightQ, a printing solution designed by Codehost Inc. to provide today’s IT system administrators and printer support personnel with an easy to use, graphically rich X Window System and UNIX Shell-Based printing environment.

BrightQ was developed exclusively for the UNIX and Linux operating systems giving users the ability to access all available finishing features of the Ricoh Aficio and other supported Ricoh devices. Educational, government, banking and financial institutions, as well as the corporate data center will benefit as the adoption of Linux into these vertical market environments continues to grow.

Printing on UNIX and Linux can often be challenging to configure and support due to the lack of unified printing systems and APIs. Codehost’s BrightQ package includes an easy to use X Window System and UNIX Shell-Based installation and configuration wizard that mitigates the challenge of installing and configuring Ricoh printers on UNIX and Linux systems. BrightQ supports a number of Ricoh output devices including the Aficio 1022/1027 PS, Aficio 1060/1075 PS, Aficio 1224/1232 PS, CL 3000 PS, and AP 3800C PS, among others.

The key advantages BrightQ provides to the end user include finishing capabilities such as document duplexing, stapling, sorting and hole punching, and BrightQ supports commonly installed print utilities such as CUPS, LPR, LPD, SMB and IPP. Additionally, BrightQ provides a unified printing interface across all supported operating environments. Supported UNIX systems include Sun Solaris (x86 and ULTRASparc), Hewlett Packard’s HP-UX, Irix by Silicon Graphics, IBM’s AIX, SCO Open UNIX, SCO Open Server and FreeBSD. BrightQ also supports all major Linux distributions including Red Hat, SuSE and Mandrake.

BrightQ is comprised of four core modules including BrightInstall, Codehost’s turnkey installer designed to simplify both installation and un-installation; Codehost’s License Manager, which allows users to upgrade BrightQ without replacing the application; a Configuration Tool, which abstracts the most complex print configuration options and a Print Job Manager, the dynamic UNIX and Linux printing user interface that is accessible from virtually all UNIX or Linux applications.

“BrightQ exemplifies Ricoh’s goal of continually offering viable solutions that enhance our product line as well as improve our customer’s bottom-line,” said Hede Nonaka, Vice President of Marketing for Ricoh Corporation.

BrightQ, along with a Ricoh Codehost Demo License, can be acquired via the Ricoh Codehost URL at

About Codehost Inc.

Founded in 1999, Codehost has emerged as the leader in Linux and UNIX software development and services for leading manufacturers of printers, multi-function peripherals and imaging 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, Codehost’s marquee printing application for UNIX and Linux, has become the standard solution for multi-function and workgroup printer manufacturers providing advanced print support for their customers’ complex operating environments.

More information about Codehost product and services can be found at

About Ricoh Corporation

Ricoh Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., the 67-year-old leading supplier of office automation equipment and electronics, with fiscal year 2002 sales in excess of $14.7 billion.

Ricoh Corporation is a leading provider of digital office equipment, including color and black & white digital imaging systems, facsimile products, printers, scanners, digital duplicators and wide format engineering systems.

Ricoh Corporation directly or through its subsidiaries market and distribute products under the Ricoh, Savin, Gestetner and Lanier brands in North, Central and South America. For fiscal year 2002, Ricoh Corporation sales exceeded $2.8 billion.

Information about Ricoh’s complete range of products and services can be accessed on the World Wide Web at