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> Ask yourself this: who is the most famous maintainer you can think of?

I can think of a few, actually. Pretty much every BDFL in every open source project ever. Most famous is probably Linus Torvalds. He invented the first version of Linux, yes, but he's been primarily a maintainer not inventor ever since.




> (Not someone who devised an innovation and then maintained it - pure maintenance)

Everything you've mentioned doesn't count.




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