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Steam Hardware Survey For September 2014, Linux Rises

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Here is the latest instalment of Steam's Hardware Survey, as usual we do our monthly thing and compare it and talk about it and make sure you know not to use it as a hard figure.

Linux results for September 2014
Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS 64 bit 0.51% +0.08%
Linux Mint 17 Qiana 64 bit 0.11% +0.01%
Linux 3.10 64 bit 0.09% +0.01%
Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS 0.07% +0.01%

Total: 1.16% + 0.10%
Last Month: 1.06%

My thoughts on it
It's nice to see an increase even if it is small, but we are still talking about such low percentages overall. It will be interesting to see next months figures now that we have such massive releases as Borderlands 2 and The Pre-sequel.

Things to note
A minor point: Distro-hoppers will slightly mess up the statistics, Linux users are far more likely to switch between different distributions than say a Windows user due to how many we have.

Just be aware these results will probably not be that accurate as we don't know how they do their percentage results, they could be rounding up, rounding down or truncating the percentages. So a 0.5% could actually be nearly 0.6% as it could be 0.59% but they could do no rounding and simply truncate it.

Also remember it is a survey, so it won't ask every single one of you to do it. It would only be truly accurate if it did it behind the scenes, but that's not what a survey is for this is just to get a general idea.

Linux users typically shy away from any form of DRM, so you can bet there is a large bunch of Linux users who just simply refuse to use Steam.

Final Note: Look at it this way, Steam has around 100 million active users, 1% of 100 million is about 1,000,000 (1 million) people. What developer wouldn't want to hook into a market that big? Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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psymin 2 Oct, 2014
Linux users are also potentially more privacy conscious than the general population so they might refuse to send data to Valve. In my humble opinion anyway ..
FGarden 2 Oct, 2014
Worth notting that accordding to Valve there are about 100 milion active accounts on Steam, not "just" 75 milion anymore.

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Liam Dawe 2 Oct, 2014
Thanks, re-noted.
aL 2 Oct, 2014
Quoting: FGardenWorth notting that accordding to Valve there are about 100 milion active accounts on Steam, not "just" 75 milion anymore.

source
Actually this might explain the trend downwards of linux
seven 2 Oct, 2014
thats the news i like to hear, is there anyway we can get some sales figures from valve? that would be truly interresting
Sn3ipen 2 Oct, 2014
Quoting: aL
Quoting: FGardenWorth notting that accordding to Valve there are about 100 milion active accounts on Steam, not "just" 75 milion anymore.

source
Actually this might explain the trend downwards of linux

This month we got a 0.10% rise, so its not a downwards trend.
edo 2 Oct, 2014
This rise is probably due to the CSGO port, many people stop using dual-boot due to that.
The next month will be interesting too
aL 2 Oct, 2014
Quoting: Sn3ipenThis month we got a 0.10% rise, so its not a downwards trend.
its been the first peak up in like a year... so yeah... the trend in the % is downwards

If the total number of users have increased about a 25%, that means a total number of linux users increasing as well, even if the % trend has been downwards
Maokei 2 Oct, 2014
I'm still have my doubts about this I never ever get the steam hardware survey anymore if this is what these percentages are based of.
Beamboom 2 Oct, 2014
I received a Steam Hardware Survey yesterday! So my machine will be represented in next months stats. :)
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