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GOL Survey Results: October

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It’s time to get your monthly fix of stats now that the results for the October (and September) survey are available for you to take a look at and compare with results from previous months.

Firstly, apologies for the late upload of the results, I’ve been a bit busy in real life (it has some pretty good graphics) and also haven’t been able to make a couple of updates and changes to the survey. This month I’m going to just upload the graphs without the commentary to get the results out there.

Some changes

There’s been one big fundamental change this month to the way the survey is presented, and that is that the link to the current survey which normally appears here is gone. From now on, the surveys will be closed for responses two weeks after they open and published that same month, rather than a month and a half later as they have been up until now.

This was basically a leftover of when the survey was split into two articles (one for the new survey and one for the results), but with the split, it makes little sense to continue publishing results a month later so that’s ended now. So this month only, there’s two months for the price of one as both the September and October results are shown.

Coming soon are tables to go with the graphs, and also looking at ways to differentiate gamers who prefer DRM-free, open drivers, etc. to those who game on Steam with proprietary drivers. The first of these should make the results far more readable, while the second should provide some interesting insights into this divide, or maybe if the divide is more of a blurry line.

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Respondents
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Question 1 - Do you currently use Linux as your primary PC gaming platform?
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Question 2 - Did you use Wine to play games last month?
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Question 3 - Did you use a Windows partition for gaming last month?
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Question 4 - What distribution do you use on your primary Linux gaming PC?
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Question 5 - What Desktop Environment do you use on your primary Linux gaming PC?
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Question 6 - Did you change your primary Linux gaming distribution last month?
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Question 7 - What type of device do you primarily use for Linux gaming?
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Question 8 - What graphics card do you use on your primary Linux gaming PC?
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Question 9 - Which drivers do you use for that graphics card?
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AMD
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Intel
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Nvidia
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Question 10 - What CPU do you use on your primary Linux gaming PC?
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Question 11 - Did you exclusively buy Linux-supported games last month?
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Question 12 - How many Linux games did you buy last month?
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Question 13- Which of these retailers did you use to buy your Linux games last month?
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Unique Question (September) - What do you think are the main barriers to Linux gaming becoming mainstream?
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Unique Question (October) - Which are the most important factors you consider when buying a game?
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Liam Dawe 20 Oct, 2015
Debian/Ubuntu is still king then I see :)
Eike 20 Oct, 2015
Quoting: liamdaweDebian/Ubuntu is still king then I see :)

Debian always has been and always will be.

(Ha, I can start a distro war, because we don't know the numbers! :-P )
Kurremkarmerruk 20 Oct, 2015
Quoting: Werzaz...but then the Steam Big Picture mode is not a DE either imho.

This makes me think of an interesting question to add to the survey: "How often do you use Steam's Big Picture Mode?" Always|Using SteamOS|Every day|Every week|Rarely|Never, though maybe add an option for "on the weekends only" or something.

I can't recall if there has been any questions about Big Picture Mode in the past.
Eike 20 Oct, 2015
Quoting: KurremkarmerrukI can't recall if there has been any questions about Big Picture Mode in the past.

Nice.
"Not using Steam at all" should be added then (not for me, though).
Apopas 20 Oct, 2015
Quoting: Werzazi3wm user (and first-time commenter) here. I was always surprised that there are so many of us. However, I have replied "None/Custom" since it was pointed out some months ago. Before that I replied i3wm because I figured that was the interesting information in that question. I was well aware that it is not a DE but then the Steam Big Picture mode is not a DE either imho. After all whether DE or not, the choice can affect how games run, e.g. sometimes fullscreen does work well in i3.

I don't wish to change anything about the survey since I don't care much about this question. I'm just trying to give some insight as to why one might reply i3 or openbox.
I don't underestimate the value of i3 or Openbox or other window manager. I'm an Openbox user as well. I just find odd for i3 users to be over three times more than Openbox, more than LXDE and just under Mate. I insist that a lot of people who voted for i3 happen to have i3 processors and were confused.
stan 20 Oct, 2015
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Quoting: ApopasI just find odd for i3 users to be over three times more than Openbox, more than LXDE and just under Mate. I insist that a lot of people who voted for i3 happen to have i3 processors and were confused.
You’d have to be seriously drunk to think that question is about processors. The number is valid. LXDE is of no use to someone with a gaming computer, it’s just not as good as Xfce. A tiling manager like i3 brings something else to the table, and a good number of the people who answered that probably use Arch… People who use Arch want to configure their system to their liking, not use something premade like Ubuntu.
Segata Sanshiro 20 Oct, 2015
Quoting: Kurremkarmerruk
Quoting: Werzaz...but then the Steam Big Picture mode is not a DE either imho.

This makes me think of an interesting question to add to the survey: "How often do you use Steam's Big Picture Mode?" Always|Using SteamOS|Every day|Every week|Rarely|Never, though maybe add an option for "on the weekends only" or something.

I can't recall if there has been any questions about Big Picture Mode in the past.

This was actually meant for SteamOS users since when I made the question over a year ago people were calling SteamOS "just Debian with big picture". I still don't know what to call it... I know it technically has Gnome 3, but that's the desktop fallback option. Anyway, the idea was just to see how many SteamOS users there were.
Apopas 20 Oct, 2015
Quoting: stanYou’d have to be seriously drunk to think that question is about processors. The number is valid. LXDE is of no use to someone with a gaming computer, it’s just not as good as Xfce. A tiling manager like i3 brings something else to the table, and a good number of the people who answered that probably use Arch… People who use Arch want to configure their system to their liking, not use something premade like Ubuntu.
10.62% use proprietary intel drivers. Is this number valid as well?
Segata Sanshiro 20 Oct, 2015
Quoting: Apopas
Quoting: stanYou’d have to be seriously drunk to think that question is about processors. The number is valid. LXDE is of no use to someone with a gaming computer, it’s just not as good as Xfce. A tiling manager like i3 brings something else to the table, and a good number of the people who answered that probably use Arch… People who use Arch want to configure their system to their liking, not use something premade like Ubuntu.
10.62% use proprietary intel drivers. Is this number valid as well?

Well... it's only 12 votes and it has been discussed over and over that the number could well be valid for those using Ubuntu-based distributions.
Apopas 20 Oct, 2015
More probable is to be just a mistake, like the i3 wm - i3 processors.
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