Lindows.com has said that a 2001 deal it signed with SCO - then called Caldera - makes it immune from SCO's controversial claims over the ownership of core Linux elements.
The company said in a statement: "A business agreement was reached in which, for certain considerations from Lindows.com, SCO agreed to provide technology to Lindows.com. The contract remains in effect."
Michael Robertson, chief executive officer of Lindows.com, said: "We're in a unique situation because of our pre-existing relationship with SCO.
"Recently, we have fielded some questions concerning LindowsOS and SCO's legal claims. We want to take this opportunity to emphasise there are no issues between SCO and Lindows.com."
SCO has honoured its contractual obligations with existing customers, including product updates, service, and support.
"Businesses, educational institutions and home users of LindowsOS can be confident they will not be dragged into a legal battle," added Robertson.
The company went on state: "Lindows.com is not a party to the legal disagreement between SCO, IBM and other technology companies.
"Until more facts are presented, Lindows.com will not take a position as to the validity of the claims presented by either side."
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