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Take it with your usual dose of salt and scepticism but when looking over the Linux market share, at least on NetMarketShare it appears to continue rising.

While the latest from the Steam Survey shows a dip during June, the opposite is true here. We reported last month that NetMarketShare was showing a clear upwards trend. The sort of thing you can easily write-off across one or two months but now three months in a row it gives it a bit more credit.

Going from 1.36% in March 2020, up to 2.87% in April, 3.17% in May and now June's figure is in with 3.61%. Looking over past figures from them, this might be the first time we've ever seen it rise three months in a row without a break. This is not counting Chrome OS either, like some other stats end up bundling with Linux. Chrome OS has stayed around ~0.40%, with Ubuntu over this period rising from 0.27% in March to 2.57% in June which is crazy.

Still not clear what's driving this big uptick in Ubuntu users on their statistics and we can speculate until the end of days, still interesting to see though and quite possibly as a result of people working from home during the COVID19 outbreak.

What are your thoughts?

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Quoting: Purple Library Guy2) No. I don't use or like the Gnome shell, so I don't care what they do with it.

Well according to this article the vast majority using Ubuntu and that's basically means gnome + Fedora which is gnome too, so Canonical helping to improve what's de facto is a standard now.

What do you use?
In case you're interested, GNOME is the second most popular DE among GOL users after KDE Plasma. I'm partial to Xfce myself.

In case you're interested, not everyone who uses Linux are into gaming stuff
tuubi 3 Jul
Quoting: DefaultX-od
Quoting: tuubi
Quoting: DefaultX-od
Quoting: Purple Library Guy2) No. I don't use or like the Gnome shell, so I don't care what they do with it.

Well according to this article the vast majority using Ubuntu and that's basically means gnome + Fedora which is gnome too, so Canonical helping to improve what's de facto is a standard now.

What do you use?
In case you're interested, GNOME is the second most popular DE among GOL users after KDE Plasma. I'm partial to Xfce myself.

In case you're interested, not everyone who uses Linux are into gaming stuff
No need to get defensive. I genuinely thought you might be interested.
Quoting: tuubi
Quoting: DefaultX-od
Quoting: tuubi
Quoting: DefaultX-od
Quoting: Purple Library Guy2) No. I don't use or like the Gnome shell, so I don't care what they do with it.

Well according to this article the vast majority using Ubuntu and that's basically means gnome + Fedora which is gnome too, so Canonical helping to improve what's de facto is a standard now.

What do you use?
In case you're interested, GNOME is the second most popular DE among GOL users after KDE Plasma. I'm partial to Xfce myself.

In case you're interested, not everyone who uses Linux are into gaming stuff
No need to get defensive. I genuinely thought you might be interested.

I'm not getting defensive, but you can see there that Arch is the most popular distro, which is not represent the full picture. It's just happened that more users that use Arch discovered this site, but you can clearly tell that the most popular resolution is indeed 1920x1080 (idk why, I just feel it)


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Linas 3 Jul
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Quoting: DefaultX-odI'm not getting defensive, but you can see there that Arch is the most popular distro, which is not represent the full picture. It's just happened that more users that use Arch discovered this site...
What are you basing this on? People here use a variety of distributions and desktop environments. None of the most popular options are particularly gaming-oriented.
Quoting: Linas
Quoting: DefaultX-odI'm not getting defensive, but you can see there that Arch is the most popular distro, which is not represent the full picture. It's just happened that more users that use Arch discovered this site...
What are you basing this on? People here use a variety of distributions and desktop environments. None of the most popular options are particularly gaming-oriented.

Did I said something like this? All I said is that people who use Arch happened to discover this site more than users of any other distros . I didn't say anything about one distro being more gaming oriented than another
Linas 3 Jul
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Quoting: DefaultX-od
Quoting: LinasNone of the most popular options are particularly gaming-oriented.
Did I said something like this? All I said is that people who use Arch happened to discover this site more than users of any other distros.
Well technically you didn't say that. But what would make an Arch user more likely to discover this site than let's say an Ubuntu user?
Quoting: Linas
Quoting: DefaultX-od
Quoting: LinasNone of the most popular options are particularly gaming-oriented.
Did I said something like this? All I said is that people who use Arch happened to discover this site more than users of any other distros.
Well technically you didn't say that. But what would make an Arch user more likely to discover this site than let's say an Ubuntu user?

idk there might be a lot of factors, because I can not believe that linux gaming community is less than 3k, and it seem that you even have to manually answer questions in some poll to be counted, but I don't remember answering here any questions

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you don't have to answer manually, your profile just should be filled with your PC info


Last edited by DefaultX-od on 3 July 2020 at 9:16 pm UTC
ARCH does make it easier to use stuff like Wine/Proton NVIDIA beta drivers and veriest game related tools.

The AUR facilitates them well and the whole pacman/aur process allows for easy patching/tweaking of settings which UNFORTUNATELY is still needed under Linux for 'optimal' gaming.

That's my guess.
Quoting: DefaultX-od
Quoting: Purple Library Guy2) No. I don't use or like the Gnome shell, so I don't care what they do with it.

Well according to this article the vast majority using Ubuntu and that's basically means gnome + Fedora which is gnome too, so Canonical helping to improve what's de facto is the standard now.

What do you use?
If I cared what the majority do I wouldn't be using Linux in the first place.
Nonetheless, I don't hate Canonical; I'm actually glad Ubuntu is there, because they make Mint possible. I use Mint with Mate. My fallback would be Cinnamon. One of these days I might try KDE again. Gnome Shell is way down the list, just not to my taste. I used to like Gnome 2 though.


Last edited by Purple Library Guy on 4 July 2020 at 8:34 am UTC
Beamboom 7 Jul
I got a feeling that those of you who point out that lots of corporate machines are now unused in the wake of Covid might be spot on.
Sounds exceptionally plausible that Covid has something to do with this. So we see slightly more OS diversity as people use the web from home and on mobile.
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