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Canonical have released some statistics from the Ubuntu installer survey

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When installing Ubuntu 18.04, Canonical's installer will offer to send some statistics to them. Canonical have now released some of this. One thing to note, is that this data does not include Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Core, cloud images or and any other Ubuntu derivatives that don't include the report in their own installer.

They've had some good results from it, with 66% of people sending them their data although they don't mention how many results this is actually from. It's a nice start, but I think they really need to do some separation of physical and virtual machines, since it seems they're merged together which will skew a bunch of the data I would imagine. If you're interested in seeing what data is sent on Ubuntu, it can be found in "/.cache/ubuntu-report/".

Their data shows that 98% of people are using the 64bit version on Ubuntu, which lines up with our own user survey. On top of that, a desktop resolution of 1920x1080 remains the most popular at 28% with 1366x768 being the next highest at 25%. What's interesting, is that higher resolutions have a pretty low use with 2560x1440 and 3840x2160 both only seeing 1% although that could easily be watered down due to virtual machines.

One thing that's quite odd is the CPU section under the "Number of CPUs" heading, which claims 27% of people have 4-6 CPUs. Something about that doesn't seem right. 27% of people have at least 4 CPUs in the computer they're installing Ubuntu on? I think they need to improve the wording on this quite a bit just so it's crystal clear on exactly what the statistic represents. Likely CPU cores. I've let them know about it to take a look.

Take a look here at their full statistics page if you're interested.

Article edited and re-posted due to a mess up with the text causing some confusion, mostly my own—apologies.

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slaapliedje 20 October 2018 at 3:05 am UTC
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TemplarGRI always love statistics that prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that 1080p and lower resolutions still form the vast majority of desktop pcs and that only a tiny minority uses 1440p and 4k. Not only Ubuntu's but Steam's statistics are similar.
I agree..
Sure, 4K will be an standard in 10 years, but today 1920x1080 is the queen, followed by 1366x768. Developers and game reviewers must take note on that..


TemplarGRIt is especially interesting considering that anywhere you look online when gpus are discussed, 99% of the comments speak about the 1080ti and 2080ti and nothing else, that AMD has no viable/competitive product to buy, that they need a 1080ti competitor. I even recall some people on Phoronix forums telling me the same stuff, that they don't consider amd gpus as viable despite the opensource drivers cause they absolutely need 1080ti performance on Linux...
I think that the gamers obsessed with the 4K, 1080ti and the 2080ti are trying to compensate something...You know..something physical.


A true game reviewer should do the game benchmarks and reviews using a wide variety of hardware .. true reachable hardware and not just the overpriced top cards supplied by an sponsor...
I don't trust in official game requirements because, sometimes, publishers are sponsored by a GPU brand..
I think the same about the CPU side.

I generally game on my 27inch 2560x1440@144hz monitor with a 1080gtx, but it was handled fine by my 980GTX. What the 1080 does better is with my Vive Pro, in which the resolution is truly useful (otherwise it is a blurry mess). Some games do simply need that extra power to run correctly, I am talking about Elite: Dangerous for one.
Hal_Kado 20 October 2018 at 6:38 pm UTC
The steam survey seams to echo the findings on resolution, with around 5% of total users having > 1440p. I think the number skews a bit lower for linux primarily because hidpi support has been terrible for so long, beyond that 4k60 gaming on linux is just not feasible with current hardware, and the other portion of the population buying hi-res monitors are creatives who don't have access to the apps they need. Its a shame as I'm a huge fan of hidpi displays, and feel people don't know what they are missing out on.

Having said that, I'm sure theres a segment of gamers who use 4k TV's in their living rooms, and are not getting counted in these numbers as its not typically hooked up during these surveys.
g000h 20 October 2018 at 7:01 pm UTC
Hal_KadoThe steam survey seams to echo the findings on resolution, with around 5% of total users having > 1440p. I think the number skews a bit lower for linux primarily because hidpi support has been terrible for so long, beyond that 4k60 gaming on linux is just not feasible with current hardware, and the other portion of the population buying hi-res monitors are creatives who don't have access to the apps they need. Its a shame as I'm a huge fan of hidpi displays, and feel people don't know what they are missing out on.

Having said that, I'm sure theres a segment of gamers who use 4k TV's in their living rooms, and are not getting counted in these numbers as its not typically hooked up during these surveys.

Well, the thing about the Ubuntu stats is that they are combining virtual machines and real machines into the results, and owing to that the actual values aren't particularly representative.

However, I feel I should contend your opinion about 4K being unsuitable for Linux gaming. I have a 4K 60Hz 40 inch monitor connected to GTX1080ti graphics, and I've had no problem playing many different games at 4K with that setup.

I bought the monitor a couple of years ago, and the 1080ti about 1 year ago. My reasoning was that I wanted a lot of screen-estate (e.g. equivalent to four 20 inch HD screens) for productivity (e.g. multiple windows visible at once), photography (viewing photos at 4K), films/videos at 4K, and having a big single display for gaming (with the potential to drop down to 1080p if the game ran badly at 4K).

Well, I've been playing demanding titles like Shadow Warrior 2 (Wine), Serious Sam 3 BFE, Killing Floor 2 (Proton/Wine), RUST, Dying Light, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider (2013), Mad Max, Skyrim (Proton/Wine), 7 Days To Die, Blades of Time (Proton/Wine), Dead Island Definitive Edition, Immortal Redneck, Ziggurat, Hitman - all at 4K. Sure, I wouldn't mind a boost in framerate, but none of the above examples is so poor that I feel I need to drop resolution.

Also, finishing off with this: One reason I went with 4K rather than 2x 1080p - Two years ago (and even now) multiple native Linux games have issues handling multiple displays sensibly. And having one big display eradicates that problem.


Last edited by g000h at 20 October 2018 at 7:03 pm UTC
scaine 20 October 2018 at 11:20 pm UTC
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g000hWell, I've been playing demanding titles like Shadow Warrior 2 (Wine), Serious Sam 3 BFE, Killing Floor 2 (Proton/Wine), RUST, Dying Light, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider (2013), Mad Max, Skyrim (Proton/Wine), 7 Days To Die, Blades of Time (Proton/Wine), Dead Island Definitive Edition, Immortal Redneck, Ziggurat, Hitman - all at 4K.

Curious that you got KF2 to work in Proton/Wine? I bought the game on sale to give it a shot, but ran into this bug, which resets all perks to zero at the end of earning any experience. I refunded it on the same day I bought it, with 45 minutes played.

If it weren't for that bug, I'd still be playing it right now - great performance and no visual issues at all that I could see. The game played perfectly... it just threw away all my experience at the end of each run.

Are you playing online? And if so... how?
g000h 21 October 2018 at 5:54 am UTC
scaineCurious that you got KF2 to work in Proton/Wine? I bought the game on sale to give it a shot, but ran into this bug, which resets all perks to zero at the end of earning any experience. I refunded it on the same day I bought it, with 45 minutes played.

If it weren't for that bug, I'd still be playing it right now - great performance and no visual issues at all that I could see. The game played perfectly... it just threw away all my experience at the end of each run.

Are you playing online? And if so... how?

I was only quoting how it performed (speed-wise) for me. Only played it for about 2 hours, through a number of levels, and quit playing and uninstalled. I was playing single player and wasn't checking to see if the saves worked properly. As I haven't got the more up-to-date Nvidia drivers installed yet (i.e. I just use the regular packaged drivers 390.xx ) , I've been holding back from putting too much effort into Proton gaming. I'd be well stuck into Skyrim by now, if the sound problem (in Proton) was solved.
slaapliedje 26 October 2018 at 1:04 am UTC
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g000h
scaineCurious that you got KF2 to work in Proton/Wine? I bought the game on sale to give it a shot, but ran into this bug, which resets all perks to zero at the end of earning any experience. I refunded it on the same day I bought it, with 45 minutes played.

If it weren't for that bug, I'd still be playing it right now - great performance and no visual issues at all that I could see. The game played perfectly... it just threw away all my experience at the end of each run.

Are you playing online? And if so... how?

I was only quoting how it performed (speed-wise) for me. Only played it for about 2 hours, through a number of levels, and quit playing and uninstalled. I was playing single player and wasn't checking to see if the saves worked properly. As I haven't got the more up-to-date Nvidia drivers installed yet (i.e. I just use the regular packaged drivers 390.xx ) , I've been holding back from putting too much effort into Proton gaming. I'd be well stuck into Skyrim by now, if the sound problem (in Proton) was solved.
I know I should test out SkyrimVR in Linux, but then I want to play it with all the mods I spent days installing. Then again I literally have spent more time finding and getting the mods installed than I have playing it... Shooting things with a bow in VR is a skill I'll need to actually learn...
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