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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 Egg Tadpole Embryo The Last Argument of Kings Badge Muse (Badge Ideas I) What goes around comes around (Karma I) Your call may be monitored for quality assurance Tadpole with Legs What goes up... (Koji Failure IV) FOSDEM 2014 Attendee Fedora Legal Badge of Doom What goes around comes around (Karma II) Override, you say? Helping Hand Patches (SCM V) Crypto Badger Take this and call me in the morning Pycon 2014 Attendee It still works! The Blessing of the FPL All your $arch are belong to us (Koji Success V) Flock 2014 Speaker Science (Kernel Tester I) Flock 2014 Attendee Corporate Drone Flock Paparazzi Party Pirate Keepin Fedora Beautiful (F21) Junior Package Tagger (Package Tagger I) Package Tagger (Package Tagger II) Nuancier 21 Senior Tagger (Tagger III) Senior Package Tagger (Package Tagger III) Master Badger (Badger III) The Panda Is In Flock 2013 Organizer What goes around comes around (Karma III) Consolation Prize What goes around comes around (Karma IV) Fedora 21 Change Accepted Flock 2014 Organizer Vacation Corporate Shill Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build I) Missed the Train Associate Badger (Badger 1.5) Catching the Bull (Tester IV) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build II) Flock 2015 Attendee Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build III) FOSDEM 2015 Attendee Flock 2015 Speaker Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build V) Macaron (Cookie I) OSCON 2015 Attendee Hindenburg (Koji Failure V) Origin Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing IV) Delivery Nom Nom Nom Adult Frog Packager Sponsor Fedora at RH Summit, 2015 Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build IV) Badge Muse (Badges Released I) Chief Editor Science (Kernel Tester II) Flock 2015 Organizer Like a Rock (Updates-Stable IV) The cat came back... United Packages of Fedora Common Bugs Contributor Telegraphist (Upstream Release Monitoring I) Top 10 Apprentice (Badge Artist I) Top 100 Top 25 Top 500 Parselmouth I Badge Junkie (Badger IV) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build VI) Fedora 24 Change Accepted Curious Penguin (Ask Fedora III) Nuancier F24 Chocolate Chip (Cookie II) SELF 2016 Horcrux Master Tagger (Tagger IV) Master Package Tagger (Package Tagger IV) Taming the Bull (Tester V) Flock 2016 Organizer Let's do lunch! Don't Call it a Comeback Gold Red Hat Summit 2016 3D Printing SIG Member Macklemore (Tagger V) Bronze Silver Flock 2016 Attendee Badge Muse (Badges Released II) Krakow Brews! Mic Check! (Updates-Testing V) FOSDEM 2017 Attendee Corporate Overlord Red Hat Summit 2017 OSCON 2017 Attendee Black and White (Cookie III) FOSDEM 2018 Attendee Flock 2017 Attendee Tectonic! (Updates-Stable V) Steampunk Arcade Board Member SCaLE 16x Attendee Flock 2018 Attendee Red Hat Summit 2018 Rollercoaster Restaurant Attendee 2018 Flock 2019 Attendee Long Life to Pagure (Pagure II) 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 V) You’re on a boat! I Voted: Fedora 31 Long Life to Pagure (Pagure IV) Parselmouth II Long Life to Pagure (Pagure VI) Council Member It's a Cake Thing Riding the Bull Home (Tester VI) I Voted: Fedora 33 Community Messenger I nest-attendee-2020 FOSDEM 2021 Attendee Red Hat Summit 2021 I Voted: Fedora 34 Museum Visitor Community Survey Taker I I Voted: Fedora 35 Nest Attendee 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.