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Jared Smith
Jared Smith
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FAS name: jsmith
Fedora email:
IRC nick: jsmith
IRC channels: #fedora-docs, #asterisk-doc, #asterisk-dev, #asterisk-bugs (and others)
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I Voted: Fedora 32 Speak Up! Junior Editor Flock 2013 Attendee Involvement Tanked! Crypto Panda You can call me "Patches" (SCM I) If you build it... (Koji Success I) Bona Fide You can call me "Patches" (SCM II) If you build it... (Koji Success II) Junior Badger (Badger I) Mugshot Ambassador FUDCon Cusco Tadpole Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing II) Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing I) Flock 2013 Speaker Bloggin' it! (Planet III) Bloggin' it! (Planet I) Bloggin' it! (Planet II) Baby Badger Tagger (Tagger II) Senior Tagger (Tagger III) Junior Tagger (Tagger I) Nuancier Embryo Like a Rock (Updates-Stable I) Like a Rock (Updates-Stable II) In Search of the Bull (Tester I) Egg Secretary General White Hat Tadpole with Legs Apex Take this and call me in the morning Vacation Associate Editor White Rabbit No Longer a Ronin Sensei Let Me Introduce Myself Novice (Wordsmith I) Discovery of the Footprints (Tester II) Proven Packager Keepin Fedora Beautiful (F21) Froglet The Blessing of the FPL Flock 2014 Speaker Helping Hand What goes around comes around (Karma I) If you build it... (Koji Success III) Senior Badger (Badger II) Party Pirate Flock 2014 Attendee Science (Kernel Tester I) Dancing with Toshio Nuancier 21 Flock Paparazzi Def Keepin Fedora Beautiful (F21) What goes up... (Koji Failure I) Readiness What goes around comes around (Karma II) Shellshocked Fedora Docs FAD 2014 Perceiving the Bull (Tester III) Corporate Drone What goes up... (Koji Failure II) FUDCon Managua You can call me "Patches" (SCM III) Associate Badger (Badger 1.5) FUDCon Pune 2015 Attendee FUDCon Pune 2015 Speaker Package Tagger (Package Tagger II) Junior Package Tagger (Package Tagger I) The Panda Is In Flock 2015 Attendee Senior Package Tagger (Package Tagger III) DevConf 2015 Attendee OSCON 2015 Attendee Science (Kernel Tester II) Macaron (Cookie I) Nuancier (F22) Delivery Origin Flock 2015 Speaker Chocolate Chip (Cookie II) Telegraphist (Upstream Release Monitoring I) Nom Nom Nom Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing III) FUDCon Cordoba 2015 Speaker Keepin Fedora Beautiful (F23) If you build it... (Koji Success IV) You can call me "Patches" (SCM IV) FUDCon Cordoba 2015 Attendee Nuancier F23 Corporate Shill Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build I) Def Keepin Fedora Beautiful (F23) Partners in Crime Master Badger (Badger III) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build II) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build III) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build IV) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build VII) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build V) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build VI) What goes up... (Koji Failure III) Like a Rock (Updates-Stable III) Top 100 Black and White (Cookie III) The Last Argument of Kings Top 500 Senior Editor What goes up... (Koji Failure IV) Master Editor Top 25 Patches (SCM V) Badge Muse (Badge Ideas I) Flock 2016 Attendee Fedora 24 Change Accepted Nuancier F24 Security Team The cat came back... All your $arch are belong to us (Koji Success V) Krakow Brews! Community Messenger I Nuancier F25 Nuancier F26 Adult Frog Hindenburg (Koji Failure V) Chief Editor Steampunk Arcade Binary Star Fedora Mindshare FAD 2018 Flock 2017 Attendee F28 i18n Test Day Participant Fedora Docs FAD 2018 Pizzelle (Cookie IV) Meeting of the Minds Fedora Podcast Interviewee Catching the Bull (Tester IV) Flock 2018 Attendee Rollercoaster Restaurant It's a Cake Thing I Voted: Fedora 29 Parselmouth I Badge Junkie (Badger IV) You’re on a boat! Long Life to Pagure (Pagure I) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure II) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure III) Flock 2019 Attendee Long Life to Pagure (Pagure IV) I Voted: Fedora 31 I Voted: Fedora 30 Long Life to Pagure (Pagure VI) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure V) Fedora Advocate F32 i18n Test Day Participant

My name is Jared Smith. I'm a big Linux geek. I enjoy systems administration, relational databases, web programming, and VoIP. I eat too many donuts, and don't blog as regularly as I should. I've managed small systems and large-scale networks (over 6500 servers and 800 network devices). As a college freshman, I once stuffed 26 jumbo marshmallows in my mouth to win a contest. Oh, and I wrote a book for O'Reilly on Asterisk and the future of telephony. For all the nitty gritty details, see


Activities within Fedora

  • I work for Red Hat as the Fedora Project Leader.
  • I help out with the Fedora Docs project, and generally make a nuisance of myself. I have a lot of experiece with DocBook publication toolchains, such as Publican.
  • I've also helped out on the Fedora Infrastructure team, mostly around the Fedora Talk server. (I have *lots and lots* of experience with Asterisk and voice over IP.)
  • I do my best to report bugs when I find them, and work with those responsible to ensure the problems get solved.

Goals as the Fedora Project Leader

  • Oversee the entire Fedora Project -- if it's in Fedora, ultimately I'm accountable for it.
  • Act as a catalyst within the community to improve communications and encourage excellent behavior
  • Work with the Fedora Program Manager John Poelstra, Fedora Engineering Manager Tom "Spot" Callaway, and the Community Architecture team to make sure that Fedora is making constant, substantial progress in its mission to advance free and open source software.
  • Chair the Fedora Project Board, and ensure that the Board is effectively advising and guiding the Fedora Project where needed.
  • Be an effective bridge between the external volunteer contributor base and the contributor community inside Red Hat, such as RHEL engineers.
  • Lower contributor barriers to the absolute minimum, and encourage others to get involved in FOSS through Fedora.