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Our Linux & SteamOS gamer survey results for January 2016

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Another month, and another survey done. The latest results are in and the findings are within normal expectations. This leads me to a question I want to ask everyone.

Do you think we should move to do these every 2+ months, rather than every month? This way we may get a better idea of change happening within the Linux gaming community? I am torn on it though, as it's fun to see changes between desktop environments so often.

Also, the graphs are in a newer format which is still being tinkered with.

January results
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A slight dip in the results, again which is a bit annoying and another reason I want to look at not doing it so often.

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stan 23 Jan, 2016
The graphs are blank for me, except the first one.
Liam Dawe 23 Jan, 2016
Quoting: stanThe graphs are blank for me, except the first one.

Hmm seems Firefox rendering is a bit pants for an svg included as a normal image. Works fine in Chrome.

The graph lines don't even show up in Firefox when set as an html object, wtf is Firefox doing hmmm.


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 23 January 2016 at 11:59 pm UTC
MayeulC 24 Jan, 2016
Yup, the graphs are broken in Firefox. Very interesting results, though (the graphs are working fine with chromium). One thing that is noteworthy is the "How many games did you buy last month" result: Looks like the winter sale did indeed boost game sales for us. Or was it the new ports?

I missed this survey; I am probably not alone in that situation.

EDIT : graphs are blank in inkscape too, but not in kolourpaint, FYI. (the fact that it could actually handle svgs actually surprised me).


Last edited by MayeulC on 24 January 2016 at 12:12 am UTC
fedso 24 Jan, 2016
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Quoting: stanThe graphs are blank for me, except the first one.

My bad, I wrote a comma where I shouldn't have so the lines in the svg file are not valid, Chromium seems to be less strict so I didn't notice the mistake. I've just fixed it and I'm working on another couple of minor improvements, I'll send The Boss the updated files some time tonight. Sorry again.
Liam Dawe 24 Jan, 2016
Thanks dude :D
linux_gamer 24 Jan, 2016
Please don't post the numbers especially with 1/10 000th accuracy. With a sample size of ~1000 this makes absolutely no sense.
One survey per month is OK for me.
ElectricPrism 24 Jan, 2016
I tried so hard to make the move from Gnome 3.18 to Plasma 5 yesterday, so far no go.
WorMzy 24 Jan, 2016
The SVGs are also broken in palemoon. :(

While cool and all, I think these new graphs really show the utter stupidity of some people. I mean, some people have seriously submitted "Windows 7" as their current Linux distro? And despite having a dedicated Arch-based option, some idiots have still chosen "other" and entered variants of "Arch" and "ArchLinux"?

There is definitely some merit in removing the safety labels from products like bleach. Let the problem solve itself. :P
Nyamiou 24 Jan, 2016
It works right now with a survey every month, the results are quite boring sadly but I'm afraid that if it's only every two months people would forget about it and the number of respondent would drop.
fedso 24 Jan, 2016
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Quoting: linuxgamerPlease don't post the numbers especially with 1/10 000th accuracy. With a sample size of ~1000 this makes absolutely no sense.

It depends on how you read the data, under the assumption the respondent are the target population they do make sense. Please ignore them if meaningless to you.

Quoting: WorMzyWhile cool and all, I think these new graphs really show the utter stupidity of some people. I mean, some people have seriously submitted "Windows 7" as their current Linux distro? And despite having a dedicated Arch-based option, some idiots have still chosen "other" and entered variants of "Arch" and "ArchLinux"?

There is definitely some merit in removing the safety labels from products like bleach. Let the problem solve itself. :P

Some questions were fixed after a few surveys to be more clear, for example the variants of "Arch" have almost completely disappeared (only 2) in the last year.

Here some more curious answers:

OS question: "sadly windows", "Windows. Linux sucks", "uninstalled Linux", "Too frequently distrohopping to say", "n/a", "Nothing", "Windows, when there are more games i will switch to Linux", "Reverted back to Windows", "OSX", "Linux From Scratch" (all my respect!)

For the DE question: "what", "Command line", "Several", "No DE, I control my machine directly via opcodes", "explorer.exe", "Aero (Win7)", "on laptop i use unity in Ubuntu--because Ubuntu comes as default like this--but BEfore I very much liked Gnome 2, thats why I switched to Mint with Mate on board", "I don't own a primary Linux gaming PC.", "OSX"

For the retailer question: variants of "didn't buy any game" (I guess many don't know that an answer can be left empty), "Trading steam keys", "gift", "Linux gameing sucks!", "Support to open source projects", "Local electronics store", "I was broke last month...", "pregnant wife. The time wasn't there for new games." (this was on Oct/2014, late congratulations!), "Didn't buy any game last month duo to school" (good choice!)
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