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Tom 'spot' Callaway


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


  • Tom 'spot' Callaway does not currently possess any notable mutant powers.
  • For 19 years (2001-2020), he was at Red Hat in a variety of roles including (but not limited to)
    • He was the Fedora Engineering Manager
    • He was the Fedora Packaging Committee chair (responsible for RPM Packaging Standards and Practices)
    • He handled Fedora Legal tasks (and was the Fedora liason to Red Hat Legal)
    • He served three consecutive elected terms on the Fedora Board from 2007 to 2011.
  • In addition:
    • He was responsible for the Aurora SPARC Linux Project, which was a port of Fedora to SPARC. This effort is long dead.
    • He is worshipped by lemurs throughout the known universe.
  • Currently:
    • I work on the Open Source Strategy and Marketing team at AWS (Amazon) as a Principal Open Source Evangelist.


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 White Rabbit Binary Star Secretary General Bob Loblaw (Planet V) Baby Badger Flock 2013 Speaker Old Yeller Bloggin' it! (Planet IV) You Can Pry It From My Cold, Undead Hands Embryo Egg Tadpole Froglet Tadpole with Legs What goes up... (Koji Failure IV) Badge Muse (Badge Ideas I) Crypto Badger FOSDEM 2014 Attendee What goes around comes around (Karma II) Your call may be monitored for quality assurance Fedora Legal Badge of Doom What goes around comes around (Karma I) Override, you say? Helping Hand The Last Argument of Kings Patches (SCM V) The Blessing of the FPL It still works! Pycon 2014 Attendee Take this and call me in the morning 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 What goes around comes around (Karma IV) Nuancier 21 Consolation Prize Flock 2013 Organizer What goes around comes around (Karma III) Fedora 21 Change Accepted Flock 2014 Organizer Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build I) Vacation Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build III) Corporate Shill Catching the Bull (Tester IV) Associate Badger (Badger 1.5) Missed the Train Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build II) Flock 2015 Attendee Flock 2015 Speaker Macaron (Cookie I) FOSDEM 2015 Attendee Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build V) OSCON 2015 Attendee Hindenburg (Koji Failure V) Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing IV) Delivery Origin Packager Sponsor Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build IV) Adult Frog Nom Nom Nom Badge Muse (Badges Released I) Chief Editor Apprentice (Badge Artist I) Fedora at RH Summit, 2015 Flock 2015 Organizer United Packages of Fedora Common Bugs Contributor Telegraphist (Upstream Release Monitoring I) The cat came back... Like a Rock (Updates-Stable IV) Top 10 Science (Kernel Tester II) Top 100 Top 25 Top 500 Chocolate Chip (Cookie II) Nuancier F24 Parselmouth I Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build VI) Badge Junkie (Badger IV) Curious Penguin (Ask Fedora III) Fedora 24 Change Accepted SELF 2016 Master Package Tagger (Package Tagger IV) Horcrux Master Tagger (Tagger IV) Let's do lunch! Taming the Bull (Tester V) Macklemore (Tagger V) Don't Call it a Comeback Bronze Silver Gold Red Hat Summit 2016 Flock 2016 Organizer 3D Printing SIG Member Krakow Brews! Flock 2016 Attendee Mic Check! (Updates-Testing V) Badge Muse (Badges Released II) Tectonic! (Updates-Stable V) FOSDEM 2017 Attendee Black and White (Cookie III) Steampunk Arcade Red Hat Summit 2017 OSCON 2017 Attendee Corporate Overlord Flock 2017 Attendee Board Member FOSDEM 2018 Attendee Attendee 2018 Rollercoaster Restaurant SCaLE 16x Attendee Red Hat Summit 2018 Flock 2018 Attendee Long Life to Pagure (Pagure I) FOSDEM 2019 Attendee Long Life to Pagure (Pagure III) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure V) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure II) You’re on a boat! Long Life to Pagure (Pagure IV) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build VII) Flock 2019 Attendee Parselmouth II I Voted: Fedora 31 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 Community Messenger I FOSDEM 2021 Attendee Council Member Red Hat Summit 2021 Nest Attendee 2021 Community Survey Taker I Museum Visitor I Voted: Fedora 35 SCaLE 19x Attendee I Voted: Fedora 36 FOSDEM 2023 Attendee Fedora 38 Change Accepted Nest with Fedora 2022 Attendee CentOS Connect 2023 Attendee The Bull Transcended (Tester VII) Flock 2023 Attendee


He also maintains a LOT of packages in Fedora. He used to keep a list here, but it was a pain to maintain. A full list can be found here:

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.