Seth Vidal and Toshio Kuratomi joining Red Hat

Max Spevack mspevack at
Wed May 9 17:15:12 UTC 2007


Another day, another email to fedora-announce-list from me.

As those of you who read this list may remember, back when we announced 
the hiring of Mike McGrath as the Fedora Infrastructure Leader, the part 
of that announcement that made me most happy was that we were able to hire 
folks who were already well-established Fedora contributors to continue 
their Fedora work full time, and earn a Red Hat paycheck doing it.

Well, I'm equally happy to announce today that both Seth Vidal and Toshio 
Kuratomi have accepted jobs at Red Hat.

Now I'm make them both blush a little bit by talking a bit about their 
contributions to Fedora.

Seth has been a Fedora contributor since the beginning.  He is a member of 
the Fedora Project Board.  When I started my job with the Fedora Project 
15 months ago, Seth was one of the guys who I was encouraged to talk to 
frequently, and pay attention to what he says.  Seth has also been known 
to write some code from time to time.  He leads the development of yum, 
and will continue to do some from within Red Hat.  He is very active in 
the Fedora Infrastructure project.  He has contributed significantly to 
the code that makes the Fedora build system work.  I don't think there is 
any question that Seth is one of the true leaders within Fedora.  People 
seem to think he works for Red Hat already, and so we're glad to eliminate 
that point of confusion also.  :-)

Toshio is a rock-star programmer.  Similar to Seth, he's been a Fedora 
contributor for several years.  He's been a member of the Fedora Extras 
Steering Committee.  He's worked closely with the Fedora Infrastrucutre 
team on projects like the package database, and a lot of the work that 
Fedora is doing with TurboGears.  Toshio has worked on the Fedora Account 
System, and is basically the lead developer for the Fedora Infrastructure 
team.  He cranks out really good code, and it's a great boon for Red Hat 
to have him full time.  As a signing bonus, I have set aside the LAST PAIR 
of Fedora flip flops that exists for the next time I see him.

Congrats to both Seth and Toshio.  Back to work, now!  :-)

Max Spevack
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