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GOL Survey Results: December

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The new year is upon us and so is the latest survey. There were 787 respondents to the survey this time, 400 less than the record set last month, but still a healthy number nonetheless. Thanks to everyone who took the time to do it and please carry on filling it out.

You can find the new survey here .

The survey will have no changes made to it for the first time in preparation for the month-by-month comparisons which should begin next month. GOL reader Fedso is working on a program that takes the csv files from Google Forms and automatically creates graphs comparing previous results. Once this is done, we will be able to observe trends for the first time and things should get a lot more interesting!

Otherwise, despite being a new year, it’s going to be another fairly boring set of results, leaving analysis for next month when we have a clearer picture of how things have evolved since the survey started.

Do you currently use Linux as your primary PC gaming platform?

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Did you use Wine to play games last month?

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Did you use a Windows partition for gaming last month?

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Did you delete your Windows partition or stop using it completely for gaming last month?

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What distribution do you use on your primary Linux gaming PC?

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What Desktop Environment do you use on your primary Linux gaming PC?

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Did you change your primary Linux gaming distribution last month?

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What graphics card do you use on your primary Linux gaming PC?

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Which drivers do you use for that graphics card?

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What CPU do you use on your primary Linux gaming PC?

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Did you exclusively buy Linux-supported games last month?

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How many Linux games did you buy last month?

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Which of these retailers did you use to buy your Linux games last month?

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Unique Question - Do you use a gamepad/controller?

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On to the unique question and I got a bit of flak for its question, with a perceived anti-gamepad “master race” bias. I just want to clarify that this was intended as a joke. The results showed that more than half of Linux gamers use gamepads, with less than 40% not using gamepads at all.

I use an unofficial Xbox 360 which works out of the box for everything with controller support, with one or two exceptions where I have had to unload xpad and use a series of cumbersome commands with the xboxdrv driver, then remap the whole thing on jstest which never saves the configuration. What are your gamepad experiences?

Conclusions

Normally there would have been a lot more analysis, but as a few people rightfully pointed out, if you comment month after month on incremental changes then you run out of things to say pretty quickly. The changes this month were all within 1-2% so this still applies and there is not much to say. However, next month expect to see a lot of analysis as we see all the results next to each other for the first time.

Please remember to fill out the new survey . Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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sgtGarcia 2 January 2015 at 8:15 pm UTC
Gamepad experience: wireless Xbox360 + xpad SteamOS drivers from this PPA
https://launchpad.net/~mdeslaur/+archive/ubuntu/steamos
Working perfectly as opposed to xpad from Ubuntu repositories & xboxdrv from repo or ppa.
psychoamericana 2 January 2015 at 8:27 pm UTC
I like these results as I am in the majority in most categories making me a Linux-based sheep derivative. I use a handy little Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Redmond that works well. I do have a concern though. "GOL reader Soggof is working on a program that takes the csv files from Google Forms and automatically creates graphs comparing previous results." Will this be open source, because if not we may have a FOSS war...
Liam Dawe 2 January 2015 at 9:02 pm UTC
EagleDeltaRemoved: I missed part of the rules. I'll keep my opinions on certain Distros to myself to avoid a distro war.

Didn't see what you wrote, but thanks. We don't like anyone looking down on distro x users from distro y users. It's unwelcome elitism.

Nice to see someone does read our rules
Eike 2 January 2015 at 9:39 pm UTC
That's suprisingly few people taking part. Are they getting tired of filling it in every month?
Segata Sanshiro 2 January 2015 at 9:51 pm UTC
EikeThat's suprisingly few people taking part. Are they getting tired of filling it in every month?

I don't know... The one before this was a bit of a "one off" because the survey was on Reddit and got an extra 300-400 responses. Though I always see a lot more article views than survey responses, so I guess a lot of people just don't bother, which is a shame. It would be ideal to consistently have it above 1000.

If anyone has any ideas on how to get more people to fill this out, let me know! Or just post links in different places.
Liam Dawe 2 January 2015 at 9:52 pm UTC
It wasn't featured enough, so I've setup some automatic social posts for the next one across the month.

We need someone to post it to reddit too -> http://www.reddit.com/r/linux_gaming/ (I can't or people whinge at me for blogspam).
stan 2 January 2015 at 10:29 pm UTC
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Segata SanshiroIf anyone has any ideas on how to get more people to fill this out, let me know! Or just post links in different places.
The link to the survey is kinda hidden at the very end of the article, and the title of the article also says “results”, so maybe some people think there is no link to any new survey.
Segata Sanshiro 2 January 2015 at 11:27 pm UTC
liamdaweIt wasn't featured enough, so I've setup some automatic social posts for the next one across the month.

We need someone to post it to reddit too -> http://www.reddit.com/r/linux_gaming/ (I can't or people whinge at me for blogspam).

Great, thanks! The reddit thing would be great too, but not really me area of expertise so would be good if someone else did it.

stanThe link to the survey is kinda hidden at the very end of the article, and the title of the article also says “results”, so maybe some people think there is no link to any new survey.

That's a good point I fixed it in the article. No idea how to change the title though without making it really cumbersome... Ideas welcome!
Hamish 2 January 2015 at 11:41 pm UTC
Another month, another survey where I was unable to answer most of the questions because I have not bought any new games since October.

I did buy myself a new faster graphics card in the interim though. That does kind of eat into my gaming budget.
wleoncio 3 January 2015 at 12:01 am UTC
So sad to see so much hate towards gamepads. Anyway, I use a wired x360 to game on Linux, and it works out-of-the-box on Steam.
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