I happened to activate the “Source” repos in Synaptic today and then downloaded the Linux 2.6.28 source code. Just for fun.
I also happened to have a look into CREDITS. It turned out to be an interesting read. It seems Linux comes from the happier parts of the world. Let’s see:
++ I'm proud to announce four Hungarian kernel hackers ++ But the happiest part of the Eastern Block seems to be the Czech Republic ++ The North rocks, or rather hacks (Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Canada) ++ The bulk comes from the West (USA, UK, Germany, Netherlands, France, Italy) ++ Eric S. Raymond is there (a.k.a. Master Foo) ++ Japan in da house ++ The Republic of China (Taiwan) beats ... -- ... the People's Republic of China (only one hacker for 1 billion people) -- India, just one? Come on! (Even he is Malaysian) -- Same for Israel. Although I always knew Haifa is the best place there -- Absolutely zero from Islamic countries.
I have a theory about the effects the “Religion of Peace” has on the human brain. It seems to be confirmed.