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Gardiner Bryant

A software developer and all-around nerd from a small coastal town in Maine, Gardiner has been a FOSS enthusiast for over a decade.

Best known for his YouTube channel The Linux Gamer for the last four years, he has been the host and primary creative force behind his YouTube channel.

Being on YouTube has taught Gardiner grew unhappy with the abusive relationship Google and YouTube have with creators on their platform. Thus Off Topical born.

  • Give the audience better alternatives to proprietary services like YouTube
  • Control the distribution of his content
    • (Rather than leaving it to the whims of a fickle algorithm)
  • To have fun and participate in challenging work

The Linux Gamer



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