Something magical appears to be happening on Steam. Not only is Linux above 1% for another month but we've now seen 6 months of it continuing to rise. Going by our own historical stats, this makes it the highest it has been for over 3 years too.
When filtering to just Linux on the Steam Hardware Survey here's the most popular distributions:
- Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS 64 bit 16.87%
- "Manjaro Linux" 64 bit 11.83%
- Arch Linux 64 bit 11.57%
- Pop!_OS 21.04 64 bit 7.99%
- Linux Mint 20.2 64 bit 6.64%
- Ubuntu 21.04 64 bit 5.48%
There's also the Steam Flatpak listed but that's a cross-distribution thing.
Source - our Steam Tracker.
Initially their comparison percentages seemed to be comparing against August data. Valve corrected that now so they're looking right based on what they showed last month with Linux seeing a 0.08% increase.
Compared with historical data, Linux is going up dramatically (relatively speaking - for Linux) compared to the last few years. What is pushing this up though? That's still the big question. It seems likely at this point the Steam Deck hype and continued Steam Play Proton improvements just keep pulling in new users excited by it all. If all you care about is clicking Play on Steam, things have never been this good for Linux gaming.