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Seth Vidal and Toshio Kuratomi joining Red Hat


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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