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


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.