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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.
  • He handles Fedora Legal tasks (and is the Fedora liaison to Red Hat Legal).


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


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.