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