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Marc Andreessen

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[Netscape will soon reduce Windows to] a poorly debugged set of device drivers.
1995 remark quoted in Ian Murdock, "Windows as a poorly debugged set of device drivers?", Ian Murdock's Weblog (2006-08-02)

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