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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!

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einherjar 3 Oct
In my Steam name is mentioned, that I use Linux.
Since the Deck is announced, there are more people asking about that and are interested in a positive way.

So there are people interested and that alone is a good thing.

So perhaps we gain more desktop users and in addition with the deck users we might smash MacOS and get Number 2 after Windows - that would be nice...
Lightkey 3 Oct
Quoting: TcheyNot related to gaming, but at work, in a public school, they changed about 1/3 of Windows to Linux because of Win11 "killing" some of the machines.

So instead of having 1/3 less computers, they tried Linux (Mint), and they are finding they like it...

Quoting: TrevFor me I switched due to my PC (i7-6700k and a 3090FE) not being Windows 11 compatible. I was so annoyed at Microsoft with their idiotic requirements that it was really the straw that broke the camels back and I see/saw it as nothing more than a scam to get people buying new hardware, in not so great times to do so either.
Enough is enough.

I currently still have Windows 10 installed on the main HD but I'm not bothered with it.

Don't know if it's wise to mention this but Microsoft already said that they will keep supporting Windows 10 up till at least 2025, by which you would probably already have upgraded and there really is not a big advantage in switching to Windows 11 from what I've heard. It's like the switch from Linux 2 to 3 where unlike previous number increases, there was no technical reason, so I don't get the need to switch.

Also regarding the news, another rise this month was expected, as last month was the all-time high for Chinese language users. Now that Chinese dropped by over 5 percentage points, an increase of just 0.03 points for Linux is actually underwhelming, as can be seen by the English-only Linux users statistic dropping down to 2.5% from 2.7% last month.
QuoteOther 39.99% +4.67%
Doing my part!
So does anyone else wonder what's up with Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS 64 bit? The stat says it's at 15.38% and went up +15.38%. So, like, it just came into existence?
Eike 3 Oct
Quoting: Purple Library GuySo does anyone else wonder what's up with Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS 64 bit? The stat says it's at 15.38% and went up +15.38%. So, like, it just came into existence?

It did, if you take into account all version digits (which they shouldn't):

Last edited by Eike on 3 October 2021 at 7:20 pm UTC
CatKiller 3 Oct
Quoting: Purple Library GuySo does anyone else wonder what's up with Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS 64 bit? The stat says it's at 15.38% and went up +15.38%. So, like, it just came into existence?
It did. The previous entry in that slot was Ubuntu 20.04.2. 20.04.3 was released at the end of August.
sarmad 4 Oct
If only we have any decent Linux gaming laptops. The numbers could've been higher.
nlborlcl 5 Oct
May Linus' and Luke's competition starting as a bet on the WAN show of who can only game on Linux longer do a lot to encourage more adoption.
finaldest 5 Oct
If the following is true we may soon be getting a big marketshare boost as this news would significantly affect PC Gamers !!

Quote from pc gamer on 1st Oct.
"Microsoft 'will be enabling VBS on most new PCs over this next year' and that can tank PC gaming performance by around 25%"

In the article SOTTR show a 30fps drop in performance with VBS Enabled. I have not seen any mention of this news anywhere and only saw it mentioned in the LMG Linux challenge thread on reddit.
Hi I am one of the Fedora users in the "others" section but on x11 (you not pick a color of another window in wayland). Every native steam game i tested runs oob and proton games as described on protondb. i also play wesnoth or openttd but currently its mostly cities skylines and grid autosport (both native).
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