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 May 2014
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64 bit 0.43% +0.21%
Linux 3.10 64 bit 0.09% 0.00%
Linux Mint 16 Petra 64 bit 0.08% -0.01%
Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS 64 bit 0.08% -0.04%
Ubuntu 13.10 64 bit 0.07% -0.18%
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 0.07% +0.07%
My thoughts on it
So, we have a drop of 0.13% which is so low it can all be statistical errors, so there isn't much to talk about really. I imagine a few other places will put some kind of spin on it, but all I will say is that it will take time.
Still, it does show that at least for Steam that Ubuntu is the king. It will be interesting to see how far Linux Mint 17 gains for June's stats.
Things to note
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.
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.