"The Linux Credits file has been included with all Linux
operating system distributions since March 1994. It contains
information on contributors to the Linux operating system kernel
development. By analyzing the evolution of the Credits file, it is
possible to study the evolution of the Linux developer community.
For example, by using the address information contained in the
Credits file, it is possible to describe the geographical expansion
of the core Linux developer community. By combining this
information with other data sources one can study the different
factors that have influenced the expansion of the Linux developer
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