Industry insiders are saying the $9.6 billion merger of Compaq Computer Corp. and Digital Equipment Corp. could make Compaq a "one-stop shop" for your schools. After two years of on-again, off-again negotiations, Compaq last week announced plans to buy Digital, in what will be the largest acquisition in the history of the computer industry.

The acquisition is so large, in fact, that some analysts have expressed concern about potential disruption of both companies as corporate leaders struggle with the details of the merger and rank-and-file employees worry about their jobs.

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