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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 Tadpole Old Yeller Flock 2013 Speaker Bob Loblaw (Planet V) Bloggin' it! (Planet IV) You Can Pry It From My Cold, Undead Hands Embryo Froglet Badge Muse (Badge Ideas I) Egg Tadpole with Legs What goes up... (Koji Failure IV) Fedora Legal Badge of Doom FOSDEM 2014 Attendee Helping Hand What goes around comes around (Karma I) Override, you say? What goes around comes around (Karma II) The Last Argument of Kings Your call may be monitored for quality assurance Patches (SCM V) Crypto Badger Corporate Drone Pycon 2014 Attendee The Blessing of the FPL Science (Kernel Tester I) It still works! Take this and call me in the morning All your $arch are belong to us (Koji Success V) Flock 2014 Speaker Flock 2014 Attendee Flock Paparazzi Party Pirate Keepin Fedora Beautiful (F21) Junior Package Tagger (Package Tagger I) Package Tagger (Package Tagger II) Nuancier 21 Senior Tagger (Tagger III) Senior Package Tagger (Package Tagger III) Master Badger (Badger III) The Panda Is In Consolation Prize What goes around comes around (Karma IV) What goes around comes around (Karma III) Flock 2014 Organizer Flock 2013 Organizer Fedora 21 Change Accepted Missed the Train Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build I) Corporate Shill Vacation Catching the Bull (Tester IV) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build II) Associate Badger (Badger 1.5) Flock 2015 Attendee Hindenburg (Koji Failure V) Flock 2015 Speaker FOSDEM 2015 Attendee OSCON 2015 Attendee Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing IV) Packager Sponsor Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build III) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build V) Macaron (Cookie I) Origin Delivery Chief Editor Adult Frog Nom Nom Nom Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build IV) The cat came back... Fedora at RH Summit, 2015 Badge Muse (Badges Released I) Common Bugs Contributor Flock 2015 Organizer Apprentice (Badge Artist I) Like a Rock (Updates-Stable IV) United Packages of Fedora Telegraphist (Upstream Release Monitoring I) Science (Kernel Tester II) Nuancier F24 Top 10 Top 100 Top 25 Top 500 Parselmouth I Fedora 24 Change Accepted Chocolate Chip (Cookie II) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build VI) Macklemore (Tagger V) Curious Penguin (Ask Fedora III) Horcrux Master Tagger (Tagger IV) SELF 2016 Badge Junkie (Badger IV) Master Package Tagger (Package Tagger IV) Let's do lunch! Don't Call it a Comeback Gold Taming the Bull (Tester V) Bronze Silver Red Hat Summit 2016 Flock 2016 Attendee 3D Printing SIG Member Flock 2016 Organizer FOSDEM 2017 Attendee Krakow Brews! Badge Muse (Badges Released II) Mic Check! (Updates-Testing V) Red Hat Summit 2017 Black and White (Cookie III) OSCON 2017 Attendee Flock 2017 Attendee Corporate Overlord Steampunk Arcade Board Member FOSDEM 2018 Attendee Tectonic! (Updates-Stable V) Flock 2018 Attendee SCaLE 16x Attendee Red Hat Summit 2018 Long Life to Pagure (Pagure I) Attendee 2018 Rollercoaster Restaurant FOSDEM 2019 Attendee Long Life to Pagure (Pagure III) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build VII) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure II) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure IV) You’re on a boat! Parselmouth II I Voted: Fedora 31 Flock 2019 Attendee Long Life to Pagure (Pagure V) Riding the Bull Home (Tester VI) nest-attendee-2020 Long Life to Pagure (Pagure VI) It's a Cake Thing Council Member I Voted: Fedora 33 Community Messenger I FOSDEM 2021 Attendee Red Hat Summit 2021 Community Survey Taker I I Voted: Fedora 34 I Voted: Fedora 35 Museum Visitor Nest Attendee 2021 I Voted: Fedora 36 Nest with Fedora 2022 Attendee SCaLE 19x Attendee Fedora 38 Change Accepted FOSDEM 2023 Attendee CentOS Connect 2023 Attendee Flock 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.