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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.


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