Here is the latest instalment of Steam's Hardware Survey
, as usual we do our monthly thing and compare it and talk about it and make sure you know not to use it as a hard figure.
Linux results for February 2014
Ubuntu 13.10 64 bit 0.37% 0.00%
Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS 64 bit 0.15% +0.09%
Linux Mint 16 Petra 64 bit 0.10% +0.01%
Ubuntu 13.10 0.08% +0.01%
Linux 3.10 64 bit 0.07% +0.07%
Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS 0.06% +0.06%
Well it was originally:
Then the stats changed:
My thoughts on it
So looking at the newer figures we went down by 0.04%, Windows went up by 0.17% and Mac OSX went down by 0.14%.
You should know by now that anything under 1% can simply by statistical errors, it's still fun to see us holding better than Mac OSX though.
Things to note
category has gone and that contained a few of the lesser represented Linux distro's like Fedora, Gentoo and Arch for example. It has been reported by a few that Arch may show up in Linux 64bit. Ideally we need Steam to let us see more of them.
Distro-hoppers will mess up the statistics as well, Linux users are far more likely to switch between different distributions than say a Windows user due to how many we have.
Just be aware these results will probably not be that accurate as we don't know how they do their percentage results, they could be rounding up, rounding down or truncating the percentages. So a 0.5% could actually be nearly 0.6% as it could be 0.59% but they could do no rounding and simply truncate it.
Also it won't be every Steam user (it's a survey
not a full statistic), so it can be as simple as not actually showing the survey to many Linux people.
Let's face it we know they don't survey 100% of their user base, only a small fraction of it, so bear that in mind as well. Personally I am still yet to see it under Linux so it's not counting me that's for sure and I am logged in every day!
Lastly Linux users typically shy away from any form of DRM, so you can bet there is a large bunch of Linux users who just simply refuse to use Steam.
Look at it this way, Steam has around 75 million active users, 1% of 75 million is about 750,000 people. What developer wouldn't want to hook into a market that big? We are still under-represented in my eyes.