The latest Steam Hardware & Software Survey is out now for September 2022, with it showing that clearly the Steam Deck with SteamOS is the most popular way now to game on Linux.
With the latest numbers though, there is a dip in the overall Linux user share with it now at 1.23%. A drop overall of 0.04 percentage points which some may attribute to just noise but that's what the survey says. Historical data can be found on our Steam Tracker like the below graph snapshot:
As for the most popular Linux distributions, it's now pretty clear that SteamOS is on top:
- SteamOS Holo 64 bit 17.04% +3.35%
- Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS 64 bit 12.48% +4.28%
- Arch Linux 64 bit 10.57% -0.32%
- Manjaro Linux 64 bit 7.80% -1.13%
- Flatpak runtime 64 bit (multi-distro) 4.81% +4.81%
- Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS 64 bit 4.31% -0.15%
- Other 42.99% +5.10%
I'm sure some will argue about combining distributions together, like Arch and Manjaro that would put them on top but really they're quite different. Just like how SteamOS has its own update schedule, so does Manjaro they're just based-on Arch. A bit different for Pop and Ubuntu, which share the same base directly.
As for devices, Steam Deck is clearly top for Linux with it's GPU being used by 17.07% putting it at the top for Linux players. That's an +3.35% increase compared with last month too, so the lead is only continuing to grow. Once again though, it's still not even showing up in the Windows stats meaning very few overall people are using Windows on the Steam Deck.