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The Linux market share still appears to be rising

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Looking at multiple places, it appears like the Linux desktop has been on something of a roll lately with the market share starting to trend upwards. As always with any kind of statistics gathering, you need a pinch of salt.

On the NetMarketShare website, the Linux share as we reported last month suddenly had an upwards surge from 1.36% to 2.87%. You could easily write it off once but here we are again and the Linux share has risen up to 3.17%. Even on their stats, it rising twice in a row is quite rare and never usually this much either. Looking into their stats further, it appears Ubuntu is the clear winner and what's pushing it going from 0.27% in March up to 2.11% in May.

It's somewhat backed up by Steam's statistics too, when you look at their monthly hardware survey. The Linux user share on there has risen now three months in a row which we keep an eye on with our Steam Tracker, and the trend there is pretty darn clear. Currently Linux is sat on 0.91% according to Valve's Steam survey.

We can speculate as much as we like as to why but we may never really know what's going on. More people at home, more people using Linux in the home than the old Windows machines at the office? Could be any mixture of things but it's still interesting to see.

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tmtvl 2 Jun
HoriIt's because Bill Gates invented the coronavirus, and because Windows comes with 5G preinstalled.
You never know when the next Windows update comes and it installs a microchip in you!

Wake up sheeple!

Microsoft's in cahoots with the CCP? So that's why I should wear a tin-foil hat when using a Windows system.
Sojiro84Well, this week I finally got a steam survey. The last time I got one, I was still on Windows. So now finally, since November 2018, I am also counted as a Linux user.

Valve really should just sent out a survey for once to all active users. That way we get a proper look.
I recently logged into Steam on two PCs. Both Linux, and I got the survey on both of them. Either on same day or a day apart, I don't remember.
KohlyKohl 3 Jun
Purple Library Guy
iiariSo I believe the Linux desktop future is gunning for the makers, enthusiasts, gamers, and tinkerers who like to explore who have always been fueling Linux. I'm still surprised how many people who fit that description haven't tried Linux yet, and of those I've seen who switch to Linux and keep it long term tend to be from that group.
Just for the record, I would like to note that I am a counterexample. I'm an artsie and at most a casual gamer, and to the extent I am a gamer it's mostly strategy, no twitch. I'm neither a tinkerer nor a maker; I love that stuff in theory but never seem to get around to it in practice. And yet I've been on Linux most of the time since early Mandrake days.
I also don't see that there's a massive overlap between gamers and those other categories you list.

Yeah I don't fit into that either. I've been using it since the mandrake days in '94. I've used it this long because I like how open it is. My parents are not very technical and have used it for 15 years without a single issue.

Most people that I know that fit into the mold you describe above don't have any interest in Linux. They just want the most software available to them.


Last edited by KohlyKohl on 3 June 2020 at 12:55 am UTC
KohlyKohl 3 Jun
Linuxwarper
Sojiro84Well, this week I finally got a steam survey. The last time I got one, I was still on Windows. So now finally, since November 2018, I am also counted as a Linux user.

Valve really should just sent out a survey for once to all active users. That way we get a proper look.
I recently logged into Steam on two PCs. Both Linux, and I got the survey on both of them. Either on same day or a day apart, I don't remember.

I get the survey on Linux all the time. I'd say once every 3-4 months. It would probably be more but I don't always open it on the first of the month.
It has been at least a couple of years since I filled out a Steam survey.
WorMzy
oldrocker99ChromeOS is a Debian system carved down to what will allow a browser to run

ChromeOS is based on Gentoo.

One learns something every day.
kneekoo 3 Jun
tmtvl
HoriIt's because Bill Gates invented the coronavirus, and because Windows comes with 5G preinstalled.
You never know when the next Windows update comes and it installs a microchip in you!

Wake up sheeple!

Microsoft's in cahoots with the CCP? So that's why I should wear a tin-foil hat when using a Windows system.
I'm not sure they're in cahoots, but probably some "friendly" competition in who breaks privacy more efficiently. :P
CFWhitman 3 Jun
One thing that I have noticed in the past is that Linux on the desktop is often a product of the secondary computer. That is, people have a new machine that is Windows, but with their secondary computer, they are more likely to move to Linux because it tends to work well for cleaning up crufty Windows installs.

For a while, it seemed like the secondary computer in the house was losing popularity because of phones and tablets. However, tablets have started to fade a bit, and that combined with people being stuck at home seems to have revived the secondary computer to some extent, which in turn would push desktop usage of Linux up a bit.

Still, I've never really trusted NetMarketShare numbers because they seem to survey sites that are more likely to be visited by Windows users than users of other systems. Historically, their numbers for Linux market share were lower than other sites that tracked Web hits by operating system. Lately, though it's been hard to find any numbers that seem consistent over time.
Finally, good news in the midst of this madness that is happening in gaming since two years ago.
CatKiller 3 Jun
KohlyKohlI get the survey on Linux all the time. I'd say once every 3-4 months.

Do you reinstall or distro hop a lot? My understanding is that Steam is only supposed to ask at most once a year.
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