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.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
37 Likes
We do often include affiliate links to earn us some pennies. We are currently affiliated with GOG and Humble Store. See more here.
About the author -
author picture
I am the owner of GamingOnLinux. After discovering Linux back in the days of Mandrake in 2003, I constantly came back to check on the progress of Linux until Ubuntu appeared on the scene and it helped me to really love it. You can reach me easily by emailing GamingOnLinux directly.
See more from me
38 comments
Page: 1/4»
  Go to:

Guppy 2 Nov, 2021
Have they automated the hardware survey? I don't think I've had the popup in a couple of years now 🤔
Liam Dawe 2 Nov, 2021
Quoting: GuppyHave they automated the hardware survey? I don't think I've had the popup in a couple of years now 🤔
Nope, still opt-in if you get it. A lot of people don't which makes them think it's broken but it's a survey, you're not meant to get it constantly. I believe it's more likely if something big changed, which is part of the point for it to show what people are now using (which is why some dual-booters see it when switching).
lucinos 2 Nov, 2021
I would guess a big part of the flatpak is fedora, if I am not mistaken they push it more than other distros.
Koopacabras 2 Nov, 2021
Quoting: GuppyHave they automated the hardware survey? I don't think I've had the popup in a couple of years now 🤔
I had one on october.


Last edited by Koopacabras on 2 November 2021 at 8:38 am UTC
dubigrasu 2 Nov, 2021
Recently I had it (the survey) three times in a single day.
I didn't had any hardware changes (which is also likely to trigger it), just some various distros testing.
lucinos 2 Nov, 2021
Quoting: dubigrasuRecently I had it (the survey) three times in a single day.
I didn't had any hardware changes (which is also likely to trigger it), just some various distros testing.

Surveys for me are a bit rare, I actually had one yesterday and the previous was more than a year ago I think but every time I get the survey, I get it on every machine I login that day, yesterday I got two surveys.
Eike 2 Nov, 2021
View PC info
  • Supporter Plus
Windows 11 might play a role as well.
lucinos 2 Nov, 2021
Quoting: EikeWindows 11 might play a role as well.
They already have more marketshare than linux :(
Ehvis 2 Nov, 2021
View PC info
  • Supporter Plus
I got my survey again early October. So still pretty much getting them once a year.
Eike 2 Nov, 2021
View PC info
  • Supporter Plus
Quoting: EhvisI got my survey again early October. So still pretty much getting them once a year.

When I got mine, it always was on first of the respective month.
While you're here, please consider supporting GamingOnLinux on:

Reward Tiers: Patreon. Plain Donations: Liberapay or PayPal.

This ensures all of our main content remains totally free for everyone with no article paywalls. We also don't have tons of adverts, there's also no tracking and we respect your privacy. Just good, fresh content. Without your continued support, we simply could not continue!

You can find even more ways to support us on this dedicated page any time. If you already are, thank you!
Login / Register

Or login with...
Sign in with Steam Sign in with Twitter Sign in with Google
Social logins require cookies to stay logged in.