Hello There! Figured I should jump in and introduce myself.
I’m Patrick! I was born and raised in poor, rural tobacco country, Eastern NC, about an hour away from Raleigh.
Despite humble origins, I always wanted to work in computers, but never had the resources to really pursue it until college. I’m very much a product of the open source/open access “explosion” that took place in the early 00’s, where faster internet speeds met with open access to information, and the world I wanted to be so much a part of (software engineering) finally opened up to me.
After some stagnation in my career, I started contributing to open source projects in my spare time. I came across something called Pulp, which fit my database driven web application experience and I started knocking out easy fixes. The team was impressed, and I was scooped up by Red Hat not long after. That was a little over 7 years ago. Now, I do release engineering for Satellite.
I’ve been involved in the Fedora community at various points during this time, mostly as a silent user. For a small stint a few years ago, I owned the Pulp rpms in fedora.
Recently, my interest in contributing to Fedora again has grown, and I decided to become more involved in the community. I find a lot of joy in release engineering, and will be looking to get involved in efforts mainly around this area.
I’m very ADHD, probably excessively open about my personal struggles in life, and willing to overshare how my history has affected my viewpoint to anyone interested.
Looking forward to helping out!