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Week ahead: Rival confabs for Linux, Unix

Good thing these confabs aren't in the same town: Penguinistas get down at LinuxWorld in S.F. while the SCO Forum rages in Vegas.

Following are some of the notable technology-related events scheduled for the week of Aug. 1. It's a good thing these two conferences aren't happening in the same town.

Penguinistas flocking to LinuxWorld in San Francisco will no doubt be gloating over SCO's troubles with investor BayStar Capital and the all-but-complete dismissal of its suit against DaimlerChrysler.

Meanwhile, SCO supporters will be licking their wounds at SCO Forum 2004 in Las Vegas, where SCO chief Darl McBride is scheduled to speak.

Participants at LinuxWorld include Novell, IBM, Red Hat and Hewlett-Packard. Novell plans to unleash its SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 on Tuesday. Red Hat CEO Matthew J. Szulik is scheduled to give the conference's opening keynote.

In Washington, the FCC is scheduled to meet Aug. 4, when the commission's agenda will include such items as "broadcast flag" requirements and Can-Spam Act compliance for wireless devices. Meanwhile, the House and Senate are on vacation through September.

The tech earnings season has peaked for the most part, but Priceline.com, Pixar, Nvidia and Qwest will be posting results.

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

Events scheduled this week:

Tech Events

Sunday, Aug. 1

  • SCO Forum 2004 will feature SCO CEO Darl McBride. Aug. 1-3, Las Vegas.

Monday, Aug. 2

Wednesday, Aug. 4

  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Freedom Fest 2004 is coming to San Francisco, Aug. 4-5.

Earnings

Monday, Aug. 2

  • Priceline.com is a name-your-price Internet-based travel-booking site. It's expected to report a second-quarter profit of 31 cents a share.

Tuesday, Aug. 3

Wednesday, Aug. 4

  • Jupitermedia provides research and events for the information technology industry. It's expected to report a second-quarter profit of 7 cents a share.

Thursday, Aug. 5

  • Internet Capital Group is a technology-investment firm. Expectations for its second quarter were not available.

  • Nvidia makes graphics chips. It's expected to report a second-quarter profit of 15 cents a share.

  • Computer-animation specialist Pixar is expected to report a second-quarter profit of 37 cents a share.

  • TimeWarner Telecom is a telecommunications firm that offers data, Internet, and local and long-distance voice services. It's expected to report a second-quarter loss of 28 cents a share.

  • WebMD is a medical-related information and services Web site. It's expected to report a second-quarter profit of 10 cents a share.

Economic Reports

Thursday, Aug. 5

  • Initial Claims is the weekly total of new claims filed for unemployment compensation. The Briefing.com expects a decrease to 340,000 for the week ended July 30, from 345,000 the previous week.

Friday, Aug. 6

  • The Unemployment Rate is the percentage of American workers looking for jobs. The July rate is expected to remain flat at 5.6 percent.