Hewlett-Packard Co. chief executive Carly Fiorina claimed to have enough support for the company's $20 billion purchase of Compaq Computer Corp., after a contentious proxy battle ended with the final voting of HP shareholders March 19.

If Fiorina is correct, the mega-merger's effects are sure to be felt by the school technology field. Together, the two companies account for 11 percent of the installed base of computers in K-12 schools, according to market research firm Quality Education Data.

HP director Walter Hewlett, who led a fierce five-month campaign against


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