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


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.