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The latest Steam Hardware Survey is out

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Another month, and another Steam Hardware Survey.

First of all, here's the overall market share:
Linux overall for March
0.85% - 0.06%

Ubuntu 15.10 64 bit 0.19% 0.00%
Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS 64 bit 0.17% +0.17%
Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa 64 bit 0.09% 0.00%
Linux 64 bit 0.08% - 0.01%

Onto my usual point: At face value you might assume Linux use is just dropping. It's likely that growth in general has just outpaced Linux growth. So don't be too sad about it.

As for Distribution popularity, Ubuntu still remains top dog.
Linux by itself
Ubuntu 15.10 64 bit 20.20% +0.83%
Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS 64 bit 17.78% +17.78%
Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa 64 bit 9.84% +0.12%
Linux 64 bit 8.74% -0.46%
Other 43.44% -1.13%

You know me by now. I don't think these statistics are really to be trusted. One of the main problems is that we have no idea how they are sampling the data, and we don't know how we are supposed to read it.

SteamOS and Steam Big Picture do not get the survey yet either. That's a chunk of people we already know that aren't even counted.

So basically, business as usual, we are doing fine. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Samsai 2 April 2016 at 10:40 am UTC
I believe you messed up the headline. Isn't it supposed to say "Linux Usage Dramatically Drops, Linux Gaming Practically Dead, All Hail Our Corporate Overlords"?


Sorry, forgot to add the </sarcasm> tag.


Last edited by Samsai at 2 April 2016 at 10:41 am UTC
Mal 2 April 2016 at 10:56 am UTC
SamsaiI believe you messed up the headline. Isn't it supposed to say "Linux Usage Dramatically Drops, Linux Gaming Practically Dead, All Hail Our Corporate Overlords"?


Sorry, forgot to add the </sarcasm> tag.

Also: the 1st of April is long gone. Bring back the gaming on win 10 logo before Ballmer catches you.
Pecisk 2 April 2016 at 11:29 am UTC
Must be spring or something, you are way too optimistic for Linux gamer.
Pozzuoli 2 April 2016 at 11:39 am UTC
I think you reading this wrong. The percentages under each line heading adds up to 100%. e.g. Microphone "Yes" + "No" + "Unknown" adds up to 100%. Hence, each heading considers *all users using Linux*, and lists the proportion of users that use each of the options. Here, the distros should also add up to 100%, but they do not for some reason. Perhaps there are other distros that they didn't list properly, and presumably should have gone into Other? In any case, these percentages only reflect ratios, with the denominator being the total number of Linux users, so you can't draw any conclusions about the total number of Linux users from this.
Liam Dawe 2 April 2016 at 11:51 am UTC
I am not reading it wrong, i clearly stated it could just be a bug. I was simply showing what the survey says.
liamdaweor their survey had a really big bug this month.
That is the most probable reason, like not showing/counting distributions properly.
Mortensson 2 April 2016 at 11:52 am UTC
I guess it is just the Ubuntu LTS users that have ugraded to 14.04.4 last month. Other is a total of many distros and will remain more or less the same with a move from 14.04.3 to 4.
Liam Dawe 2 April 2016 at 11:54 am UTC
MortenssonI guess it is just the Ubuntu LTS users that have ugraded to 14.04.4 last month. Other is a total of many distros and will remain more or less the same with a move from 14.04.3 to 4.
It could easily be something like that, but then "Other" should show the decrease, which it doesn't. This is why i think there's a reporting error.
Mortensson 2 April 2016 at 11:57 am UTC
liamdawe
MortenssonI guess it is just the Ubuntu LTS users that have ugraded to 14.04.4 last month. Other is a total of many distros and will remain more or less the same with a move from 14.04.3 to 4.
It could easily be something like that, but then "Other" should show the decrease, which it doesn't. This is why i think there's a reporting error.

"Other" doesn't decrease. 14.04.3 decreases and moves in to other.
Liam Dawe 2 April 2016 at 12:00 pm UTC
Mortensson
liamdawe
MortenssonI guess it is just the Ubuntu LTS users that have ugraded to 14.04.4 last month. Other is a total of many distros and will remain more or less the same with a move from 14.04.3 to 4.
It could easily be something like that, but then "Other" should show the decrease, which it doesn't. This is why i think there's a reporting error.

"Other" doesn't decrease. 14.04.3 decreases and moves in to other.
Well, possibly. My overall point is we have no idea as they don't let us see any further details
Shutup-Fool 2 April 2016 at 12:00 pm UTC
What if this were an April fools prank by Valve?
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