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Tom 'spot' Callaway


You can email him at: tcallawa<AT>
On IRC (, he's "spot".


  • Tom 'spot' Callaway does not currently possess any notable mutant powers.
  • He is currently the Fedora Engineering Manager @ Red Hat.
  • He served three consecutive elected terms on the Fedora Board from 2007 to 2011.
  • He was responsible for the Aurora SPARC Linux Project, which was a port of Fedora to SPARC. This effort is long dead.
  • He has worked for Red Hat since February 2001, and is worshipped by lemurs throughout the known universe.
  • He is currently leading the Fedora Packaging Committee, responsible for RPM Packaging Standards and Practices.
  • He handles Fedora Legal tasks (and is the Fedora liaison to Red Hat Legal).


Bona Fide If you build it... (Koji Success II) If you build it... (Koji Success IV) If you build it... (Koji Success III) If you build it... (Koji Success I) Junior Editor Senior Editor Associate Editor Speak Up! Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing III) You can call me "Patches" (SCM I) You can call me "Patches" (SCM II) You can call me "Patches" (SCM III) You can call me "Patches" (SCM IV) Flock 2013 Attendee Junior Tagger (Tagger I) Tagger (Tagger II) Like a Rock (Updates-Stable III) Like a Rock (Updates-Stable II) Like a Rock (Updates-Stable I) Junior Badger (Badger I) Proven Packager Involvement Curious Penguin (Ask Fedora I) Curious Penguin (Ask Fedora II) Riddle Me This Tanked! Crypto Panda Bloggin' it! (Planet II) Bloggin' it! (Planet III) Bloggin' it! (Planet I) Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing I) Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing II) Partners in Crime Master Editor What goes up... (Koji Failure III) What goes up... (Koji Failure I) What goes up... (Koji Failure II) Trust me, I know what I am doing Mugshot Ambassador Let Me Introduce Myself Senior Badger (Badger II) Paranoid Panda Keepin Fedora Beautiful (F20) Discovery of the Footprints (Tester II) In Search of the Bull (Tester I) Perceiving the Bull (Tester III) White Hat Secretary General Binary Star White Rabbit Baby Badger Old Yeller Bob Loblaw (Planet V) Flock 2013 Speaker Bloggin' it! (Planet IV) Tadpole Embryo Froglet You Can Pry It From My Cold, Undead Hands What goes up... (Koji Failure IV) Tadpole with Legs Badge Muse (Badge Ideas I) Egg What goes around comes around (Karma I) FOSDEM 2014 Attendee Fedora Legal Badge of Doom Crypto Badger What goes around comes around (Karma II) Override, you say? Helping Hand Your call may be monitored for quality assurance The Last Argument of Kings Take this and call me in the morning Patches (SCM V) Pycon 2014 Attendee It still works! The Blessing of the FPL Science (Kernel Tester I) All your $arch are belong to us (Koji Success V) Flock 2014 Speaker Flock 2014 Attendee Flock Paparazzi Party Pirate What goes around comes around (Karma III) Corporate Drone Keepin Fedora Beautiful (F21) Junior Package Tagger (Package Tagger I) Package Tagger (Package Tagger II) Senior Tagger (Tagger III) Senior Package Tagger (Package Tagger III) Master Badger (Badger III) The Panda Is In Consolation Prize Nuancier 21 What goes around comes around (Karma IV) Flock 2014 Organizer Fedora 21 Change Accepted Flock 2013 Organizer Missed the Train Vacation Corporate Shill Catching the Bull (Tester IV) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build I) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build II) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build V) Associate Badger (Badger 1.5) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build III) Flock 2015 Speaker FOSDEM 2015 Attendee Flock 2015 Attendee Origin OSCON 2015 Attendee Macaron (Cookie I) Hindenburg (Koji Failure V) Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing IV) Packager Sponsor Delivery The cat came back... Nom Nom Nom Adult Frog Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build IV) Chief Editor Badge Muse (Badges Released I) Fedora at RH Summit, 2015 Like a Rock (Updates-Stable IV) Flock 2015 Organizer Common Bugs Contributor United Packages of Fedora Telegraphist (Upstream Release Monitoring I) Apprentice (Badge Artist I) Top 10 Science (Kernel Tester II) Top 100 Top 25 Top 500 Parselmouth I Nuancier F24 Fedora 24 Change Accepted Chocolate Chip (Cookie II) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build VI) Curious Penguin (Ask Fedora III) Master Package Tagger (Package Tagger IV) SELF 2016 Badge Junkie (Badger IV) Macklemore (Tagger V) Bronze Silver Horcrux Master Tagger (Tagger IV) Let's do lunch! Taming the Bull (Tester V) Don't Call it a Comeback Gold Red Hat Summit 2016 Flock 2016 Organizer 3D Printing SIG Member Badge Muse (Badges Released II) Flock 2016 Attendee Krakow Brews! Corporate Overlord Mic Check! (Updates-Testing V) Red Hat Summit 2017 OSCON 2017 Attendee Black and White (Cookie III) FOSDEM 2017 Attendee Flock 2017 Attendee Steampunk Arcade Tectonic! (Updates-Stable V) Board Member FOSDEM 2018 Attendee SCaLE 16x Attendee Attendee 2018 Flock 2018 Attendee Red Hat Summit 2018 Rollercoaster Restaurant Flock 2019 Attendee Long Life to Pagure (Pagure I) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure III) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build VII) FOSDEM 2019 Attendee Long Life to Pagure (Pagure II) You’re on a boat! I Voted: Fedora 31 Parselmouth II Long Life to Pagure (Pagure IV) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure VI) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure V) It's a Cake Thing nest-attendee-2020 I Voted: Fedora 33 Riding the Bull Home (Tester VI) I Voted: Fedora 34 Council Member Red Hat Summit 2021 Community Messenger I FOSDEM 2021 Attendee Community Survey Taker I


He also maintains a LOT of packages in Fedora. He used to keep a list here, but it was a pain to maintain. Pkgdb has this list: (some things I only co-maintain, or are dead packages now)

While I do sponsor new Packagers, I do so rarely these days, mostly because I'm super busy.

Here is a list of some of the people I've sponsored:

Chuck R. Anderson
Dmitry Butskoy
Jeff Carlson
Didier Casse
Mark Cox
Kushal Das
Patrice Dumas
Ralf Ertzinger
Kevin Fenzi
Chris Grau
Kevin Gray
Ed Hill
Dan Horák
Neil Horman
Patrick Laughton
John Patrick Mahowald
José Matos
Dominik 'Rathann' Mierzejewski
Karen Rei Pease
Ian Pilcher
Orion Poplawski
Jef Spaleta
Quentin Spencer
Richard A. Stout
Andreas Thienemann
Axel Thimm
Jason L Tibbitts III
Toni Willberg
Paul Wouters

If any of them screw up, feel free to let me know.