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David Gay
David Gay
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FAS name: oddshocks
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IRC nick: oddshocks
IRC channels: #fedora-apps, #fedora-cloud, #fedora-admin, #fedora-noc, #fedora-social, #rit-foss, #atomic
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Badges (59)
Flock 2013 Attendee Bloggin' it! (Planet III) Bloggin' it! (Planet IV) Bloggin' it! (Planet I) Bloggin' it! (Planet II) Riddle Me This Tagger (Tagger II) Junior Tagger (Tagger I) Involvement Tanked! Badge Muse (Badge Ideas I) Speak Up! Inside Job Mugshot Junior Badger (Badger I) Bob Loblaw (Planet V) Nuancier Baby Badger Flock 2013 Speaker Embryo Party Pirate Egg Badge Off! Crypto Badger Junior Editor Let Me Introduce Myself In Search of the Bull (Tester I) Crypto Panda Don't Call it a Comeback Secretary General Flock 2014 Attendee Dancing with Toshio White Rabbit Paranoid Panda No Longer a Ronin Pycon 2014 Attendee Associate Editor Blog Lobber (Planet VI) You can call me "Patches" (SCM I) Bona Fide If you build it... (Koji Success I) Maestro Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing I) Corporate Drone Associate Badger (Badger 1.5) Like a Rock (Updates-Stable I) Macaron (Cookie I) Tadpole Senior Badger (Badger II) Origin Readiness Adult Frog Delivery Froglet Senior Editor If you build it... (Koji Success II) Discovery of the Footprints (Tester II) Let's do lunch! Tadpole with Legs

I'm an Associate Software Engineer at Red Hat. I work remotely on the Fedora Engineering team, where I work with Fedora Infrastructure and Fedora Cloud. Right now, I'm focusing on cloud image uploading and ostree/atomic image support. Previously, I built the front-end for Fedora Badges, along with some back-end work. I worked with Ralph Bean to get Badges production-ready and deploy the app. Currently, there are over 11,000 Fedora contributors with badges.

I graduated from RIT summa cum laude. I earned a BS in IT, with concentrations in Networking & Systems Administration and Databases, and a minor in Philosophy.


I have experience all over the place, but there are a couple areas in which I consider myself to be particularly skilled:

  • Python
  • Web application development
  • Linux, including all major distros (and some obscure ones)
  • Databases, including MySQL, SQLite, Access, Oracle, and Knowledge

Packages I maintain

You can check out which packages I maintain via pkgdb. I've just started taking on packages, so there are only a couple right now. Once I finish testing and packaging Fedimg, it'll be listed there, too.


Outside of free software, I listen to a lot of music. I use a large selection of tracks from the 50s-90s, with my favourite recordings occuring between 1960 and 1970. My favourite band is the Grateful Dead, and have listened to hundreds of live recordings of them, many over 3 hours in length.

I'm not a huge video game player anymore, but I do enjoy Guild Wars 2 and play a few Steam games with friends, such as Killing Floor and Serious Sam HD. As far as Linux-friendly games go, NetHack and OpenTTD are masterpieces.


The best way to get a hold of me in a reasonable time is by pinging me on Freenode.

Alternatively, you can send an email to dgay[at] If it's urgent, you can call my office phone at +16502544034, which will forward to my cell phone if I'm not home.