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


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.