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Ben Cotton
Ben Cotton
Personal information
Location: Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Contact information
Ham Radio: kc9fyx​
Twitter: funnelfiasco
Telegram: bcotton
GitHub: funnelfiasco

Fedora-specific information
FAS name: bcotton
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Fedora Badges earned (120)
Tadpole Egg Working' a Beat (Beat Writer I) Junior Badger (Badger I) Working' a Beat (Beat Writer IV) Working' a Beat (Beat Writer III) Working' a Beat (Beat Writer II) Tadpole with Legs You can call me "Patches" (SCM I) Junior Editor Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing I) Telegraphist (Upstream Release Monitoring I) If you build it... (Koji Success I) White Hat Let Me Introduce Myself Origin Take this and call me in the morning Like a Rock (Updates-Stable I) Associate Badger (Badger 1.5) Associate Editor Novice (Wordsmith I) Macaron (Cookie I) Bloggin' it! (Planet IV) If you build it... (Koji Success II) You can call me "Patches" (SCM II) Bona Fide In Search of the Bull (Tester I) Fedora 25 Change Accepted LISA16 What goes up... (Koji Failure I) Froglet Council Member Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing II) Speak Up! Senior Editor You can call me "Patches" (SCM III) Bob Loblaw (Planet V) Vacation Riddle Me This Flock 2018 Attendee Senior Badger (Badger II) Secretary General Top 500 Let's do lunch! Master Editor Helping Hand Fedora Podcast Interviewee Rollercoaster Restaurant Community Messenger I Community Messenger II What goes around comes around (Karma I) Chocolate Chip (Cookie II) White Rabbit Crypto Badger CommOps Superstar Chief Editor Common Bugs Contributor Black and White (Cookie III) DevConf 2019 Attendee Community Messenger III It's a Cake Thing I Voted: Fedora 29 Like a Rock (Updates-Stable II) Nuancier F30 FOSDEM 2019 Attendee Community Messenger IV Grandmaster Editor Community Messenger V Ohio LinuxFest 2019 Prolific! Top 100 Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build II) Flock 2019 Attendee You’re on a boat! Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build I) Rock the Web! Discovery of the Footprints (Tester II) I Voted: Fedora 31 Perceiving the Bull (Tester III) It still works! Long Life to Pagure (Pagure I) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure II) FOSDEM 2020 Attendee Readiness I Voted: Fedora 30 Science (Kernel Tester I) Summer Coder Pizzelle (Cookie IV) Adult Frog Catching the Bull (Tester IV) Extra!  Extra! Fedora & CentOS Social @ Summit 2020 Clickbait (Fedora Magazine I) Clickbait (Fedora Magazine II) Clickbait (Fedora Magazine III) 2020 Attendee The Blessing of the FPL Long Life to Pagure (Pagure IV) NeuroFedora SIG Member Fedora 32 Change Accepted Master Badger (Badger III) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure VI) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure V) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure III) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build III) The Panda Is In SCaLE 18x Attendee Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build IV) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build V) Fedora Advocate I Voted: Fedora 32 Involvement Taming the Bull (Tester V) Rainbow (Cookie V) If you build it... (Koji Success III) Mugshot Bloggin' it! (Planet III) Bloggin' it! (Planet I) Bloggin' it! (Planet II) Embryo

Ben Cotton

Greetings from your Fedora Program Manager!

Activities within Fedora

Fedora Program Manager

I started as the Fedora Program Manager in June 2018. I wrangle the changes, manage the schedule, and generally help herd the cats.

Community Blog

I am the editor-in-chief for the Fedora Community Blog.


I make occasional contributions to talking points, etc.


I am an owner or co-owner of

  • condor
  • wordgrinder
  • latex2html

Documentation Project

I was volunteered to be the Docs project leader in November 2011. Mostly my contributions involve administrivia, easy bug fixes, and occasional chapters about printing. I sort of faded away from the docs project when life got in the way.