I still can't quite believe it but the Linux user share on Steam has not only remained above 1% for three months, it's actually risen again. We continue to track it each month on our dedicated page but I think it deserves a mention again.
This has been relatively big news for a few months now as we covered when it initially hit 1% again, and last month where it actually stuck. As of September 2021, Linux has managed to hit 1.05% on the Steam Hardware Survey.
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Going by the last time Valve told us what their monthly active user count was, we can guesstimate that there's around 1,264,200 monthly active users for Linux on Steam.
According to the Valve survey when filtered to just Linux, here's what people are using:
- Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS 64 bit 15.38% +15.38%
- "Manjaro Linux" 64 bit 13.15% +0.43%
- "Arch Linux" 64 bit 11.49% +0.35%
- Pop!_OS 21.04 64 bit 7.57% +0.21%
- Ubuntu 21.04 64 bit 6.42% -0.18%
- Linux Mint 20.2 64 bit 6.01% +0.51%
- Other 39.99% +4.67%
Still not really clear why we are seeing this surge in users. It's quite likely it's as a result of the Steam Deck, which has given Steam Play Proton and Linux more advertising direct from Valve and the wider media. We've seen a lot more posts about people trying out Linux across various social networks, Reddit and more. Regardless of the reason though, it is of course a really great thing to see more people trying out Linux for gaming, work and more. Hopefully this will continue!