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Linux user share remains above macOS in the latest Steam Survey

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After the rather exciting development in the last Steam Hardware & Software Survey where Linux users overtook macOS for the first time, the latest survey shows Linux continues to be above macOS but with the numbers dipping down.

The latest results for August 2023:

  • Windows 96.61% + 0.40%
  • Linux 1.82% - 0.14%
  • OSX 1.57% - 0.27%

When switching over to the Linux-only data here’s the most popular distributions for gaming on Steam:

  • SteamOS Holo 64 bit 44.18% +2.11%
  • "Arch Linux" 64 bit 7.68% -0.26%
  • Freedesktop.org SDK 22.08 (Flatpak runtime) 64 bit 6.03% +0.04%
  • Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS 64 bit 4.10% -3.28%
  • Manjaro Linux 64 bit 3.99% -0.30%
  • Linux Mint 21.2 64 bit 3.41% +3.41%
  • Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS 64 bit 2.93% -0.04%
  • Ubuntu 22.04.3 LTS 64 bit 2.91% +2.91%
  • Other 24.78% -0.74%

So we continue to see that the Steam Deck with SteamOS is what's really pushing Linux gaming right now with it growing again this month compared to other distributions.

As usual the trends can be seen on our Steam Tracker.

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cybik Sep 2, 2023
HOLD THE LINE LADS
Eike Sep 2, 2023
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Looks like the big rise as well as beating Mac could be real!
Linux_Rocks Sep 2, 2023
hagabaka Sep 2, 2023
I was just selected for the survey yesterday. What an honor!
It's weird that Steam still puts OS X before Linux in the list even though Linux has a higher share:



Last edited by hagabaka on 6 September 2023 at 3:00 pm UTC
Mountain Man Sep 3, 2023
At this rate, Linux will beat Windows in about 10,000 years! \o/
Purple Library Guy Sep 3, 2023
Quoting: Mountain ManAt this rate, Linux will beat Windows in about 10,000 years! \o/
Well, by some readings the graph has an inflection point a while ago, and if you take the trend since then it would only be about 300 years!
nenoro Sep 3, 2023
No sign of FreeBSD ?

I saw someone who has a youtube channel showing games running on freeBSD under wine.

I might go to freebsd when valve finally release a native steam for freebsd, midnightbsd.

i'm being depressed on gentoo, i want to go back to arch but it's impossible >.<


Last edited by nenoro on 3 September 2023 at 12:45 am UTC
scratchi Sep 3, 2023
Quoting: nenoroNo sign of FreeBSD ?

I saw someone who has a youtube channel showing games running on freeBSD under wine.

I might go to freebsd when valve finally release a native steam for freebsd, midnightbsd.

i'm being depressed on gentoo, i want to go back to arch but it's impossible >.<

You can have steam on FreeBSD, i have it one of my laptops, it works well: https://github.com/shkhln/linuxulator-steam-utils

It does use the Linux emulation layer though and is detected as running on CentOS 7; so thats what it would show up in steam survey results as.

My laptop is old with an Nvidia Fermi GPU, so I'm stuck with nvidia 390 series drivers and no vulkan...that limits me to only OpenGL Linux native games and completely eliminates proton (which does work on more modern hardware).

My main desktop is Gentoo, I will never give it up. Yes, it takes time to compile, nothing works out of the box, but the flexibility you get with it is unmatched by any distro; if you have the patience (and interest/desire) to tweak...everything. Gentoo is the best, FreeBSD is close 2nd; no systemd on any them! (optional in Gentoo, but not rammed down your throat...yet?)
Shmerl Sep 3, 2023
Good. I don't get why anyone would use macOS for gaming. Apple completely doesn't care about gamers and does the opposite from supporting them. From not supporting OpenGL and Vulkan to dropping 32-bit support and so on.


Last edited by Shmerl on 3 September 2023 at 2:25 am UTC
elmapul Sep 3, 2023
unlike the month where the marketshare was unusually low, this high marketshare seems to be correct, there is a little margin for error so it will change a bit of the months, but the massive bump we had seems to be here to stay.
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