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Steam's July 2013 Hardware Survey Has Arrived, Still Above 1%

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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 July 2013
Ubuntu 13.04 64 bit 0.43% +0.03%
Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS 64 bit 0.20% +0.02%
Ubuntu 13.04 0.13% +0.01%
Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS 0.11% +0.01%
Linux 64 bit 0.10% +0.01%
Linux Mint 15 Olivia 64 bit 0.09% +0.02%

Total: 1.06%
Last Month: 1.07%

My thoughts on it
So down by 0.01% this month, far less of a drop than before. Looks like it is levelling out and so who knows August could show a small rise at this rate, one can hope anyway.

Things to note
The Other category may contain a few of the smaller Linux distro's like Fedora, Gentoo and Arch for example.

Other 0.73% +0.16%

Especially when before the main stats did contain quite a few more Linux distro's it's safe to assume some of the % is Linux as well.

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 it won't be every Steam user (it's a survey not a full statistic) so it can be as simple as not actually showing the survey to many Linux people. Let's face it we know they don't survey 100% of their user base, only a small fraction of it, so bear that in mind as well. Personally I am still yet to see it under Linux so it's not counting me that's for sure and I am logged in every day!

Also to note is that Linux is apparently only sitting at around 1.28% of the worldwide desktop share anyway according to Net Applications. Their reporting should also be taken lightly too since it's all using web-based counters.

Lastly 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. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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n30p1r4t3 1 August 2013 at 10:47 am UTC
I still take this with a grain of very big salt. I have SforLinux running on three rigs, and have yet to be asked.
Guest 1 August 2013 at 10:57 am UTC
I constantly switch between various Steam installs from my Crossover bottles and the native Steam client. One more than one occasion I got a survey while I was running the windows client in wine. Guess it falls into "Others" then.
xeranas 1 August 2013 at 10:58 am UTC
Where do we lose 0,01%? Here in "Linux results" I see only plus signs
liamdawe 1 August 2013 at 11:08 am UTC
xeranasWhere do we lose 0,01%? Here in "Linux results" I see only plus signs
Each have have gone up by a small % but it's showing us less Linux listings over, compare it with last months I linked.
Linux 1 August 2013 at 11:23 am UTC
Guys, this survey and its results presented as "stats" have no real value. http://steamcommunity.com/app/221410/discussions/0/864975026741996257/
richie442 1 August 2013 at 12:09 pm UTC
This survey doesn't show up to me... i remember to be part of 2 of these surveys..
Lord Avallon 1 August 2013 at 12:29 pm UTC
As some people said already, I log in on Steam everyday too and since I got part of the Beta until now I was never asked to respond this survey, but, when using Wine, I was asked several times, I think this numbers are good to have some ideas but they can´t be taken as "the final word".
muntdefems 1 August 2013 at 1:53 pm UTC
For what it's worth, yesterday night I was asked to answer the survey. Me, that I don't add up to more than an hour of playing time since last november... Anyway, you must count me under the 'Other' category as I run Ubuntu 12.10 64-bit, so there's definitely Linux users there.

PS: I don't know whether my data counted towards the July report or next month...
liamdawe 1 August 2013 at 4:29 pm UTC
LinuxGuys, this survey and its results presented as "stats" have no real value. http://steamcommunity.com/app/221410/discussions/0/864975026741996257/
That means nothing, you should always wait a bit for the stats to finalise which is why I held off for a good few hours.
s_d 1 August 2013 at 7:16 pm UTC
Never seen a survey.
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