Software maintainer

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In free and open source software and inner source software, a software maintainer or package maintainer is usually one or more people who build source code into a binary package for distribution, commit patches, or organize code in a source repository.[1] If the maintainer stops doing their work on the project, then the development of the project stops. If another person not associated with the maintainer releases a new version of the project, it is said that a fork has been created. So for example happened with uClibc.

Maintainers often cryptographically sign binaries so that people can verify their authenticity.

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  1. ^ David "cdlu" Graham (2008-07-25). "OLS: Kernel documentation, and submitting kernel patches". Retrieved 2008-08-20.