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After 7 months of seeing the Linux user share on Steam continue to grow, December saw 2021 end with it dropping slightly. The results can be seen on our Steam Tracker, which shows some trends over time, taken from the official opt-in Steam Hardware Survey.

December 2021 saw the Linux user share at 1.11%.

Something we've seen a few times, is that when the number of Simplified Chinese language users rises on Steam, the Linux numbers drop and it appears to be what has happened once again this time. It's not always the case, as we have seen times where Linux has risen regardless but it is often the cause.

This year we do have the Steam Deck releasing, with the first batch of orders going live next month so we're very keen to see how this will affect the numbers. Hopefully they will be included in the survey, although it's possible Valve will separate them somehow.

According to Steam these are the most popular distributions with gamers on their platform:

  • Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS 64 bit 17.90% +1.48%
  • "Manjaro Linux" 64 bit 11.96% -0.98%
  • "Arch Linux" 64 bit 11.42% -0.69%
  • Linux Mint 20.2 64 bit 7.50% +0.46%
  • Ubuntu 21.10 64 bit 6.31% +0.89%
  • Pop!_OS 21.04 64 bit 5.54% -1.77%
  • Other 39.38% +9.31%
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Linux Steam market share dropping? That's it we're doomed might as well pack our bags now and move over to Windows and forget all about Linux.

It was fun while it lasted I guys!

/s

Honestly, I've never been overly worried about the whole market share of Linux, so long as it works for the people that use it and that it works well
@BlackBloodRum I wouldn’t lose hope that quickly...
Quoting: mr-victory@BlackBloodRum I wouldn’t lose hope that quickly...
I know.. that's why I used "/s" (sarcasm), sorry for the confusion!
I've saw the numbers but I needed a broken down explanation, thanks... those chinese need to stop using Windows lol🙃
pete910 3 Jan
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Quoting: BlackBloodRumIt was fun while it lasted I guys!

What you and I call fun are two very different things


Hardly surprising. Statistics generally 'bounce around', it was highly unusual to have such a long run of continuous growth. Was very nice though! What's most important of course is 'the trend', and the trend right now is looking GREAT.
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Quoting: BlackBloodRumIt was fun while it lasted I guys!

What you and I call fun are two very different things


Linux is always fun

I love doing updates to find something busted my nvidia driver, then switching over to an amd gpu to avoid nvidia problems only to meet a whole new set of epic problems like kernel bugs where drive cache status isn't detected properly, ssd controller problems etc.

Or when you change the configuration of your bootloader and poof it's busted (early grub2 days).

Such fun always*

... I actually do find it fun to fix and work with Linux, I haven't used Windows in so many years now I actually can't use it, I found this out the other day, when a relative gave me a Windows laptop to fix.. I was completely confused as to what to do, couldn't find my way around... it was also so slooowwww I ended up just holding the power button to immediately switch it off in anger, then stuck it back in their laptop bag. Because for the first time in so many years.. I got angry with a computer because it just kept going so slow and was difficult to use. I just gave it back to them unfixed, unless they wanted Linux (they didn't).

* Not hating on Linux, I love it!


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pete910 3 Jan
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Can be fun at times, Though I've not had an issue on Nix for a lot of years hardware wise. (x11 with vrr aside)
Nor software, Decent support for my new logitech KB/Mouse is the only thing that I can state. Guess I was spoiled with the roccat stuff

Quoting: BlackBloodRumwhole new set of epic problems like kernel bugs where drive cache status isn't detected properly, ssd controller problems etc

Not heard of that before if am honest, I ditched NV during my gtx1080 days. Finally got fed up with them.
t3g 3 Jan
It is known that the Chinese gamers tend to pick Windows and more often than not, stick with an older release due to not caring or pirating it. If money is an issue, they can always get Ubuntu Kylin since it is tailored to them and should offer a decent gaming experience out of the box. Of course multiplayer games with anti cheat DRM are probably holding many back.
Quoting: pete910Can be fun at times, Though I've not had an issue on Nix for a lot of years hardware wise. (x11 with vrr aside)
Nor software, Decent support for my new logitech KB/Mouse is the only thing that I can state. Guess I was spoiled with the roccat stuff

Quoting: BlackBloodRumwhole new set of epic problems like kernel bugs where drive cache status isn't detected properly, ssd controller problems etc

Not heard of that before if am honest, I ditched NV during my gtx1080 days. Finally got fed up with them.
Yeah.. I ditched nvidia just over a year ago now.

With regards to the cache thing, I was referring to this:
https://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=215137

Little bugs like this :D

I tend to notice them more since I currently run the latest of everything (newest kernels, drivers etc) with all updated daily.
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