Debian Maintainers are people who are not full developers but have a restricted ability to upload packages to the Debian archive.

the Debian Maintainers concept was introduced on 5th August 2007 by General Resolution.

In depth

A Debian Maintainer has their key in the debian-maintainers keyring (available in the debian-maintainers package).

This keyring is used by dak on the Debian archive as part of the checks as to whether an uploaded package is to be accepted.

Becoming a Debian Maintainer

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