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Tom 'spot' Callaway


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


  • Tom 'spot' Callaway does not currently possess any notable mutant powers.
  • He is currently the Fedora Engineering Manager @ Red Hat.
  • He served three consecutive elected terms on the Fedora Board from 2007 to 2011.
  • He was responsible for the Aurora SPARC Linux Project, which was a port of Fedora to SPARC. This effort is long dead.
  • He has worked for Red Hat since February 2001, and is worshipped by lemurs throughout the known universe.
  • He is currently leading the Fedora Packaging Committee, responsible for RPM Packaging Standards and Practices.


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


He also maintains a LOT of packages in Fedora. He used to keep a list here, but it was a pain to maintain. 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.