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Kyocera Mita Strengthens Printing Solutions for Linux and Unix Markets Through Strategic Alliance with Codehost

Codehost's BrightQ Printing Tools available on Kyocera Mita Printers and Multi-Functional Products (MFPs)

Fairfield, New Jersey and Culver City, California – April 8, 2003 - Kyocera Mita, one of the world's leading document imaging companies, and Codehost, Inc., a leading provider of software solutions for original equipment manufacturers within the printing and imaging markets, today announced a strategic alliance to distribute BrightQ software through dealers/resellers to customers who currently utilize a Linux or Unix environment for their printing projects. BrightQ’s suite of Linux and Unix printing utilities has demonstrated perfect interoperability with Kyocera Mita’s ECOSYS printers and multi-functional products (MFPs).

“Kyocera Mita is pleased to announce this strategic partnership with Codehost and its BrightQ printing application,” said Michael Pietrunti, vice president, marketing for Kyocera Mita. “BrightQ is easy to setup and provides Kyocera Mita customers with a user friendly interface. In addition, by partnering with Codehost, we’re not only extending our reach into the Linux and Unix printer market, but we’re also providing our dealer and reseller channels with additional value when selling the devices.”

Developed for Unix and Linux operating systems, BrightQ™ gives administrators and users an easy-to-use printing environment. Not only does BrightQ™ provide a simple, graphical printing environment, but also allows users to take advantage of the full functionality of their high-end printers. BrightQ™ is geared specifically to provide original equipment manufacturers and value added resellers with a solution that provides their Unix and Linux customers with a highly intuitive and robust printing solution. This dynamic printing suite is customizable for nearly any line of consumer, industrial or back-office printer.

Commenting on Kyocera Mita printers and its advantages, Till Kamppeter, Maintainer of Linuxprinting.org said, “I recommend Kyocera Mita’s printers because they offer several advantages, including the permanent drum unit. With the permanent drum unit in all Kyocera Mita laser printers the user just needs to replace the toner and not the drum and toner together which reduces the per-page costs substantially. In addition, Kyocera Mita has cooperated nicely with the free software community, and so their printers work perfectly with Linux and Unix.”

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 OEM\‘s 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.

ABOUT KYOCERA MITA
Kyocera Mita is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and leading providers of computer-connectable peripherals, including network-ready digital copiers/printers, laser printers, color copiers/printers, digital laser facsimiles, multi-functional, and wide format imaging solutions. Kyocera Mita is part of Kyocera Corporation, the world’s leading developer and manufacturer of advanced ceramics and associated products, including telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, and electronic components. Kyocera Corporation’s consolidated net revenues totaled $9 billion during the year ended March 31, 2002. Kyocera Mita’s headquarters for the Americas are in Fairfield, New Jersey.

For more information, visit www.kyoceramita.com


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