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David Gay
David Gay
Personal Information
Birthday: August 7, 1993
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York
Fedora Information
FAS name: oddshocks
Fedora email:
IRC nick: oddshocks
IRC channels: #fedora-apps, #fedora-cloud, #fedora-admin, #fedora-noc, #fedora-social, #rit-foss, #atomic
Fedorapeople page:
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Private email:
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Gtalk: {{{gtalk}}}

I'm an Associate Software Engineer at Red Hat. I work remotely on the Fedora Engineering team, where I work with Fedora Infrastructure and Fedora Cloud. Right now, I'm focusing on cloud image uploading and ostree/atomic image support. Previously, I built the front-end for Fedora Badges, along with some back-end work. I worked with Ralph Bean to get Badges production-ready and deploy the app. Currently, there are over 11,000 Fedora contributors with badges.

I graduated from RIT summa cum laude. I earned a BS in IT, with concentrations in Networking & Systems Administration and Databases, and a minor in Philosophy.


I have experience all over the place, but there are a couple areas in which I consider myself to be particularly skilled:

  • Python
  • Web application development
  • Linux, including all major distros (and some obscure ones)
  • Databases, including MySQL, SQLite, Access, Oracle, and Knowledge

Packages I maintain

You can check out which packages I maintain via pkgdb. I've just started taking on packages, so there are only a couple right now. Once I finish testing and packaging Fedimg, it'll be listed there, too.


Outside of free software, I listen to a lot of music. I use a large selection of tracks from the 50s-90s, with my favourite recordings occuring between 1960 and 1970. My favourite band is the Grateful Dead, and have listened to hundreds of live recordings of them, many over 3 hours in length.

I'm not a huge video game player anymore, but I do enjoy Guild Wars 2 and play a few Steam games with friends, such as Killing Floor and Serious Sam HD. As far as Linux-friendly games go, NetHack and OpenTTD are masterpieces.


The best way to get a hold of me in a reasonable time is by pinging me on Freenode.

Alternatively, you can send an email to dgay[at] If it's urgent, you can call my office phone at +16502544034, which will forward to my cell phone if I'm not home.