July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR
Tom Callaway

Tom Callaway
Fedora Engineering Manager, Red Hat


Tom Callaway has been a Linux user since 1997, a Red Hat employee since 2001, and an active contributor to Fedora since its inception. His day job is at Red Hat as the Fedora engineering manager. Before that, he was a sales engineer at Red Hat (five years), so he knows a thing or two about how to make money from FOSS (and how not to). ;)

Here’s a list of all the things Tom is involved with or responsible for in Fedora:

  • Former Fedora Board Member (three terms)
  • Maintainter for 400+ Fedora packages
  • Lead of the Fedora Legal team, and key maintainer of the Fedora Licensing list
  • Chair of Fedora Packaging Committee and original author of the Fedora Packaging Guidelines
  • Holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, Heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed
  • Fedora Ambassador
  • Member of Perl SIG, Fonts SIG, Games SIG
  • Maintainer of Chromium packages for Fedora

In what little time remains, he enjoys science fiction (books and media), origami, gaming (tabletop and video), frogs, pinball, geocaching, hacking on the Raspberry Pi, and hockey. Tom is happy to discuss proper (and improper) FOSS licensing, as well as any topic related to Fedora.


2:30pm–3:10pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
Foundations D135/136
Tom Callaway (Red Hat)
In true open source fashion, a community's failures are often as visible as their successes. Failing can provide a learning experience, but many mistakes are still made which can easily be avoided, even by experienced open source communities. Learn about these points of fail that open source projects have experienced, and see how badly your favorite FOSS project fails. Read more.
5:00pm–5:40pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
Mobility Portland 256
Ruth Suehle (Red Hat), Tom Callaway (Red Hat)
Ruth Suehle and Tom Callaway, authors of _Raspberry Pi Hacks_ (O’Reilly, December 2013) offer technical tips for makers, hackers, and tinkerers who want to take advantage of the Raspberry Pi. You'll learn universally useful things, like how to add a power switch, followed by a show-and-tell of fun things that Ruth and Tom as well as many others have built. Read more.