British users of Hewlett Packard (HP) systems are desperate for an end to the internal conflict over the acquisition of Compaq, as court action between the opposing sides intensifies.
Peter Bradley, general manager of the HP Users' Association, said that, although opinion is divided over whether the merger should go ahead, most users would "prefer the dust to settle".
Bradley also took a swipe at maverick HP director Walter Hewlett, who has fought hard to block the deal.
"It is one thing to argue in public, but for Hewlett to then launch a lawsuit alleging chicanery is another," he said. "My feeling is that I wouldn't nominate someone to the board who felt that way."
He explained that it is a difficult time for HP users as the company is "in limbo" until its future is decided either way.
HP has filed a motion to dismiss Hewlett's lawsuit seeking to overturn the HP shareholder vote, which backed the $22bn merger by a narrow margin. A Delaware judge will hold a hearing next Sunday.
HP hopes that the judge will kick out Hewlett's claim that HP management improperly enticed key investor Deutsche Bank to switch anti-merger votes to back the deal just before the voting deadline.
Bradley stated: "In the UK there is strong feeling on both sides, but it has become very emotional. This is wait and see time.
"The results are locked up in coffers. I just hope the final vote reveals no hanging chads and is a clean, clear result.
"[HP chairman] Carly Fiorina would have been very foolish to say they'd won by a narrow margin if they hadn't. If it goes through, which looks likely, there is a lot on the board's plate to get the merger to work."
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