In free and open source software, a software 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.
Maintainers often cryptographically sign binaries so that people can verify their authenticity.
See also 
- David "cdlu" Graham (2008-07-25). "OLS: Kernel documentation, and submitting kernel patches". Linux.com. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
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