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The latest Steam Hardware Survey is out

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Another month, and another Steam Hardware Survey.

First of all, here's the overall market share:
Linux overall for March
0.85% - 0.06%

Ubuntu 15.10 64 bit 0.19% 0.00%
Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS 64 bit 0.17% +0.17%
Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa 64 bit 0.09% 0.00%
Linux 64 bit 0.08% - 0.01%

Onto my usual point: At face value you might assume Linux use is just dropping. It's likely that growth in general has just outpaced Linux growth. So don't be too sad about it.

As for Distribution popularity, Ubuntu still remains top dog.
Linux by itself
Ubuntu 15.10 64 bit 20.20% +0.83%
Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS 64 bit 17.78% +17.78%
Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa 64 bit 9.84% +0.12%
Linux 64 bit 8.74% -0.46%
Other 43.44% -1.13%

You know me by now. I don't think these statistics are really to be trusted. One of the main problems is that we have no idea how they are sampling the data, and we don't know how we are supposed to read it.

SteamOS and Steam Big Picture do not get the survey yet either. That's a chunk of people we already know that aren't even counted.

So basically, business as usual, we are doing fine. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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pedrojmartm 2 Apr, 2016
Quoting: SamsaiI believe you messed up the headline. Isn't it supposed to say "Linux Usage Dramatically Drops, Linux Gaming Practically Dead, All Hail Our Corporate Overlords"?


Sorry, forgot to add the </sarcasm> tag.

the next month survey will tell it!
Liam Dawe 2 Apr, 2016
Article updated, section that was likely wrong removed. Don't want people to get the wrong idea :)
lucifertdark 2 Apr, 2016
I wish they'd do a proper survey instead of just the small sampling they appear to be doing, give the survey to everyone using Steam & have done with it.
Teodosio 2 Apr, 2016
If only they released Half-Life 3 as GNU/Linux exclusive, lots of problems would be solved.
Pecisk 2 Apr, 2016
Quoting: liamdaweArticle updated, section that was likely wrong removed. Don't want people to get the wrong idea :)

QuoteOnto my usual point: At face value you might assume Linux use is just dropping. It's likely that growth in general has just outpaced Linux growth. So don't be too sad about it.

You are still way too optimistic here. Kill it, kill it with fire :D

Just kidding :p
A lot of people is using Steam on Linux via WINe, How the statistics of the Steam Hardware Survey recognize those accounts?.. As Windows XP users? As Others?
slaapliedje 2 Apr, 2016
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Quoting: TeodosioIf only they released Half-Life 3 as GNU/Linux exclusive, lots of problems would be solved.

Lol, this. There needs to be bigger pushes to wake up the general public since most stores won't tell them about the choice they have or even offer that choice to them. At least in Merica. :P

So while they've stated time and time again that they don't want to do exclusives... all they really have to do is program it up in Linux, release it... then say that the Windows / DirectX version isn't ready yet, so SteamOS gets the release a month or so before Windows. This way they get around saying no exclusives, Windows gamers get to feel like we do, and they'll promote sales of Steam Machines.
seven 2 Apr, 2016
i don't know anyone who uses steamOs, i honestly think not alot of people use it
metro2033fanboy 2 Apr, 2016
Linux Mint...haha!

goVEGAN
whitewolfguy 2 Apr, 2016
I understand that the overall growth in the number of steam players grew more than the variation in the number of Linux players, but I'm upset to see that Linux does not reach at least 1% on data from Steam. Does SteamOs add a percentage to this data? Will the Steam Machines sold well? It would not be the self-interest of Valve show SteamOs in statistics? Eager to see the Linux achieve a significant percentage on data from Steam.

Quoting: Comandante oardoA lot of people is using Steam on Linux via WINe, How the statistics of the Steam Hardware Survey recognize those accounts?.. As Windows XP users? As Others?

Good question, I also have this doubt.


Last edited by whitewolfguy on 2 April 2016 at 2:41 pm UTC
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