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Steam's October Hardware Survey - Linux Still Holding Itself Up

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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 October 2013

Ubuntu 13.04 64 bit 0.35% -0.10%
Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS 64 bit 0.18% 0.00%
Ubuntu 13.10 64 bit 0.15% +0.15%
Linux Mint 15 Olivia 64 bit 0.11% 0.00%
Linux 64 bit 0.10% 0.00%
Ubuntu 13.04 0.09% -0.03%
Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS 0.08% +0.01%

Total: 1.06%
Last Month: 1.03%

My thoughts on it
So we increased by a total of 0.03%, not exactly much of an increase and could be put down to any number of reasons but it's good to see us hold steady at least!

I expect it to rise over the next year but very slowly, honestly by the end of 2014 if we aren't closing the gap with Mac OS X I will be surprised, it all depends on how SteamOS is shown in the surveys.

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

0.66% -0.06%

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.

There is this long bug report on Valve's github where a fair few users are stating they have never even seen the survey under Linux. I am one of them, yet I am logged in everyday.

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.

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.

Lastly apologies for being so late on this, no one reminded me!
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richie442 17 November 2013 at 5:07 pm UTC
another month and no survey for me  ....ah.
Daniel 17 November 2013 at 6:25 pm UTC
I actually got the survey once last month.  To test it, I cancelled it out and came right back and it came up again.  
Kristian 17 November 2013 at 6:32 pm UTC
"There is this long bug report on Valve's github where a fair few users are stating they have never even seen the survey under Linux."


How is not being part of a randomly selected sample a bug? If the survey under-represents Linux for some reason THAT would be an issue. But a particular person not getting the survey?
Anonymous 17 November 2013 at 7:10 pm UTC
I saw a lot of people on steam forums using Arch, and I'd guess they're not a small amount of persons (roughly 1/3rd of the comments were "same thing here, arch linux". So that figure may be higher than we thought.

Though, I'm pretty sure we won't be over 3-5 % in 2014, we'll see .
HadBabits 17 November 2013 at 8:01 pm UTC
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No survey yet for me, but I'll be ready
Bestia 17 November 2013 at 8:28 pm UTC
I got the survey this month and it was a first that showed up for me since I've been using Steam on Linux.
betazed 17 November 2013 at 8:53 pm UTC
I find it mildly amusing that the fraction of people using an officially supported distro (Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10 if I recall) is actually pretty small (0.26% from what I see here, though I don't see 12.10 listed).
Anonymous 17 November 2013 at 9:28 pm UTC
Quote from AnonymousI saw a lot of people on steam forums using Arch, and I'd guess they're not a small amount of persons (roughly 1/3rd of the comments were "same thing here, arch linux". So that figure may be higher than we thought.

Though, I'm pretty sure we won't be over 3-5 % in 2014, we'll see .
+1 Arch is very big I would easily say top 5 distro in usage. Could be as high as 3, especially if you lump all the *buntu's together.
Francois MAROT 18 November 2013 at 12:28 am UTC
Often when booting back to Windows, I'm asked to be surveyed. Never on Ubuntu ! Strange...
Qantourisc 18 November 2013 at 7:32 am UTC
Also on top of the not-getting-survey: how accurate are these tests ? Are they accurate to 0.03% ?!?
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