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Linux user share on Steam breaks 2% thanks to Steam Deck

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A moment I've no doubt many Linux fans have been waiting to see. The Linux user share on Steam has smashed through the 2% barrier.

Not actually for the first time though, it did initially rise up above 2% in March 2013, shortly after the original Steam for Linux release when it left Beta. Part of the reason it had higher numbers at the start, was that Valve added a special Tux item into Team Fortress 2 only on Linux but it quickly dropped in the following months.

With the latest info though from the May 2024 survey, Linux has now hit 2.32%.

  • Windows 96.21% -0.55%
  • Linux 2.32% +0.42%
  • macOS 1.47% +0.12%

If I have my historical data correct, we haven't seen Linux be over 2% since 2013. Take into account the explosive growth of Steam as a platform and that's quite a lot of people now. Mostly thanks to Steam Deck.

See it over time on our Steam Tracker page.

The Linux distribution breakdown:

  • SteamOS Holo 64 bit 45.34% +3.01%
  • Arch Linux 64 bit 7.90% -0.34%
  • Freedesktop SDK 23.08 (Flatpak runtime) 64 bit 6.05% +0.04%
  • Ubuntu 22.04.4 LTS 64 bit 4.76% -1.37%
  • Linux Mint 21.3 64 bit 4.23% -0.16%
  • Manjaro Linux 64 bit 3.18% -0.19%
  • Ubuntu Core 22 64 bit 2.62% +2.62%
  • Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS 64 bit 2.57% +2.57%
  • Other 23.98% -5.55%

See more on the Steam Survey.

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Noice! Now if macOS could get the HaikuOS treatment and have its userbase get wrestled from Apple.
pb Jun 2
To the moon!
Corben Jun 2
More than Mac... impressive!
Pikolo Jun 2
`Ubuntu Core 22 64 bit` is probably the snap version of Steam - is the the default packaging on Ubuntu 24.04?
Ah, Ubuntu changed the default package type found in software centre to be snap, and Steam snap is out of beta.
I think another reason is Windows 11 sucks IMHO.
When looking through tech forums I feel like more people are interested in trying Linux.
But sure, Steam Deck is the biggest growth factor.
Quoting: kaktuspalmeI think another reason is Windows 11 sucks IMHO.
I switched to Linux because I didn't want to upgrade to Win11.
CatKiller Jun 2
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Quoting: CorbenMore than Mac... impressive!

Linux has been higher than Mac since.
amatai Jun 2
It's interesting to see the superposition of the slow growth of the Linux Desktop marketshare (1% at Steam Deck release, now 1.2 -1.3%) and the more rapid growth of steam deck (roughly half of Linux marketshare on steam).

Let the good times roll!

Next up, 3%! Lets go, lets do it!
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