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David Gay
David Gay
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I'm an Associate Software Engineer at Red Hat. I work remotely from Seattle's eastside on the Fedora Engineering team. I'm a part of the Fedora Infrastructure team and am a board member on the Fedora Cloud working group.

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 12,000 Fedora contributors with badges.

I graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology summa cum laude. I earned a BS in Information Technology, with concentrations in Networking & Systems Administration and Databases. I have a minor in Philosophy, which I enjoy studying. My favourite philosophers I've read are Epicurus and Camus.


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

  • 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.


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 play some video games in my free time. Right now, I'm really into Path of Exile (again). Also really enjoying Hotline Miami, and I've gotten pretty far in a New Vegas replay.


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]redhat[dot]com. If it's urgent, you can call my office phone at +16502544034, which will forward to my cell phone if I'm not home.