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Linux sticks above 1% still on the Steam Hardware Survey

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After a few days delay, the Steam Hardware Survey has now been updated with the latest numbers and Linux is still just about holding above 1%.

It has seen another small drop though of 0.04% so the Linux user share is now at 1.02%. As you can see on our dedicated Steam Tracker.

As a reminder, this survey is opt-in and currently it isn't clear how the Steam Deck that uses SteamOS 3 Linux will affect it. Valve couldn't give a clear answer when asked about it during my original review. I was told it would show up as Linux, but when asked if it would show the survey in Gaming Mode / Deck UI, it didn't sound like it would yet as it's not a priority to add it in. Which is fair, Valve have a huge amount they need to get fix up right now with various bugs and quirks.

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Xpander 8 Mar
From the steam statistics tracker in here, its clearly visible that when there have been more chinese language users, then we have had drop, the lines match quite closely. Every time ther's a drop with simplified chinese we get a higher percentage.

edit: Also windows 7 seems to get a small bump every time there are more simplified chinese users on steam.


Last edited by Xpander on 8 March 2022 at 11:46 am UTC
elmapul 8 Mar
they dont want to reveal the numbers, according to some interviews where they chose not talk about it.

this information is strategic, grow too fast and it will raise atention, other companies may act quick to compete.
grow to slow and you dont generate any momentum.
they dont want anyone learning from their mistakes, but i think its hard to hide this kind of info forever.
There it is. The last PD (Pre-Deck) era Linux Steam stat.

Lets see what happens over the next 6 months.

Valve says they'll only be shipping 'tens of thousands' of Decks this month. Next month 'hundreds of thousands'.

If that is the case, we will see that number slowly rising upwards over the next 6 months.
Quoting: XpanderAlso windows 7 seems to get a small bump
Small? It increased from %3 to %4 (roughly) in last 2 months.
1% is in line with historical averages for Linux. I was hoping it would move higher now that gaming is more accessible than ever on Linux, but I guess that's never going to happen. Too many people think they have to use Windows.
Xpander 8 Mar
Quoting: mr-victory
Quoting: XpanderAlso windows 7 seems to get a small bump
Small? It increased from %3 to %4 (roughly) in last 2 months.

I meant this month. But yeah agree, that's not really small for a OS that is EOL.
Quoting: Mountain Man1% is in line with historical averages for Linux. I was hoping it would move higher now that gaming is more accessible than ever on Linux, but I guess that's never going to happen. Too many people think they have to use Windows.
We are decreasing probably because of an incerase in Chinese users.
Look at the last graph on GOL Steam Tracker
So does anyone have a good grasp of why the Chinese seem to pretty much not use Linux at all?
Perhaps because what they are used to is cracked Windows?
seven 8 Mar
never thought that many russians are using linux...
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