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Week ahead: All things Linux

Open-source fans flock to the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Francisco. Also, Cisco Systems reports its quarterly earnings.

Following are some of the notable tech-related events scheduled for the week of Aug. 3.

Linux will take center stage in the coming week, with the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo taking place in San Francisco. One important topic will likely be SCO Group's claim that Linux contains code that infringes on SCO's Unix intellectual property. Keynote speakers will include Peter Blackmore, Hewlett-Packard's enterprise systems group executive vice president, and Jonathan Schwartz, Sun Microsystems' software group executive vice president.

Cisco Systems will also grab some of the spotlight, as the networking giant gears up to report its quarterly earnings. Investors will keep a keen eye on Cisco's financial results, given that the tech company serves as a bellwether for the industry.

The information was gathered from First Call, Hoover's Online, and CNET Investor.

Events scheduled this week:

Tech Events

Monday, Aug. 4

  • That's show business. How wireless technology is transforming the entertainment industry and corporate America will be covered at iWireless World, Aug. 4-5, Los Angeles.

  • Calling all penguins. Linux enthusiasts will flock to hear the latest trends in Linux and other open-source software during LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, Aug. 4-7, San Francisco.

  • Riding the wave. Sybase will host its annual users conference during Sybase TechWave 2003, Aug. 4-8, Orlando, Fla.

Earnings

Monday, Aug. 4

  • Mercator Software makes integration software. It is expected to report a second-quarter loss of 4 cents a share.

  • Wireless Facilities designs and manages wireless networks. It is expected to report a second-quarter profit of 6 cents a share.

Tuesday, Aug. 5
  • Cisco Systems is a networking company. It is expected to report a fourth-quarter profit of 15 cents a share.

  • Expedia is an online travel site. It is expected to report a second-quarter profit of 31 cents a share.

Thursday, Aug. 7
  • XM Satellite Radio is a satellite radio service. It is expected to report a second-quarter loss of $1.28 a share.

Friday, Aug. 8
  • Tower Semiconductor is an independent wafer foundry. It is expected to report a second-quarter loss of 31 cents a share.

Economic Reports
Monday, Aug. 4
  • Factory Orders is the total of durable and non-durable goods orders. The June total is expected to rise 1.5 percent, compared with 0.4 percent growth the previous month.

Thursday, Aug. 7
  • Initial Claims is the weekly total of new claims filed for unemployment compensation. The total is expected to increase to 393,000 for the week ended Aug. 2, from 388,000 the previous week.

  • Consumer Credit is the total level of debt held by U.S. consumers. The June total is expected to fall to $6.9 billion, from $7.3 billion the previous month.