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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 Secretary General White Rabbit Binary Star Baby Badger Old Yeller Flock 2013 Speaker Bob Loblaw (Planet V) Bloggin' it! (Planet IV) Embryo You Can Pry It From My Cold, Undead Hands Froglet Tadpole Egg Tadpole with Legs Badge Muse (Badge Ideas I) FOSDEM 2014 Attendee What goes up... (Koji Failure IV) Helping Hand Fedora Legal Badge of Doom What goes around comes around (Karma II) Override, you say? What goes around comes around (Karma I) Take this and call me in the morning Crypto Badger Pycon 2014 Attendee Your call may be monitored for quality assurance The Last Argument of Kings Patches (SCM V) It still works! The Blessing of the FPL Flock 2014 Attendee All your $arch are belong to us (Koji Success V) Flock 2014 Speaker Science (Kernel Tester I) Flock Paparazzi Party Pirate 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 III) What goes around comes around (Karma IV) Nuancier 21 Consolation Prize Flock 2013 Organizer Fedora 21 Change Accepted Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build I) Flock 2014 Organizer Vacation Corporate Shill Catching the Bull (Tester IV) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build II) Missed the Train Associate Badger (Badger 1.5) Flock 2015 Attendee Flock 2015 Speaker Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build III) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build V) FOSDEM 2015 Attendee OSCON 2015 Attendee Macaron (Cookie I) Origin Delivery Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing IV) Adult Frog Packager Sponsor Hindenburg (Koji Failure V) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build IV) Nom Nom Nom Chief Editor Fedora at RH Summit, 2015 Badge Muse (Badges Released I) Like a Rock (Updates-Stable IV) Flock 2015 Organizer The cat came back... Common Bugs Contributor United Packages of Fedora Telegraphist (Upstream Release Monitoring I) Parselmouth I Apprentice (Badge Artist I) Science (Kernel Tester II) Top 10 Top 100 Top 25 Top 500 Nuancier F24 Chocolate Chip (Cookie II) Fedora 24 Change Accepted Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build VI) Horcrux Curious Penguin (Ask Fedora III) Badge Junkie (Badger IV) Macklemore (Tagger V) Bronze SELF 2016 Master Package Tagger (Package Tagger IV) Silver Master Tagger (Tagger IV) Let's do lunch! Taming the Bull (Tester V) Don't Call it a Comeback Flock 2016 Organizer Gold Red Hat Summit 2016 3D Printing SIG Member Badge Muse (Badges Released II) Flock 2016 Attendee Krakow Brews! FOSDEM 2017 Attendee Mic Check! (Updates-Testing V) Red Hat Summit 2017 OSCON 2017 Attendee Steampunk Arcade Black and White (Cookie III) Corporate Overlord Tectonic! (Updates-Stable V) Flock 2017 Attendee Board Member SCaLE 16x Attendee FOSDEM 2018 Attendee Red Hat Summit 2018 Attendee 2018 Flock 2018 Attendee Rollercoaster Restaurant Long Life to Pagure (Pagure II) FOSDEM 2019 Attendee Long Life to Pagure (Pagure I) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure III) Parselmouth II Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build VII) Flock 2019 Attendee You’re on a boat! I Voted: Fedora 31 Long Life to Pagure (Pagure IV) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure V) nest-attendee-2020 Long Life to Pagure (Pagure VI) It's a Cake Thing Riding the Bull Home (Tester VI) I Voted: Fedora 33 FOSDEM 2021 Attendee Community Messenger I Nest Attendee 2021 Red Hat Summit 2021 Community Survey Taker I Council Member I Voted: Fedora 34 Museum Visitor Nest with Fedora 2022 Attendee I Voted: Fedora 35 I Voted: Fedora 36 SCaLE 19x Attendee Fedora 38 Change Accepted FOSDEM 2023 Attendee Flock 2023 Attendee CentOS Connect 2023 Attendee The Bull Transcended (Tester VII)


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.