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The Linux market share on Steam is at a 14 month high as of September 2018

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UPDATE: See here for the revised (higher) figures.

Valve have put up their usual monthly survey and the interesting thing for us is that the Linux share is the highest it's been for some time now.

We're currently tracking it every month on a dedicated page which gives you some historical data. As you can see, the current Linux market share on Steam is now at 0.71% as of September's figures. It hasn't been that high since July last year when it hit 0.74%. Although we're still chasing that elusive 1% mark.

With Valve introducing their new Steam Play system near the end of August, it certainly seems to have had an effect. Whether this continues or not is certainly going to be interesting to see, but it's still a pretty good sign. Still not exactly a high percentage when you compare it to Windows at 96.30% for September, but we do have to remember the seemingly ever-increasing user-count on Steam too which means we probably have a lot more users than some would think.

The biggest uncertainty will be people testing out Linux for Steam Play, if they do decide to become fully-fledged Linux users. I've honestly lost count of the amount of people across the net, that said they've officially dumped Windows or they're finally trying Linux out. There's been a lot of positive talk about it lately, so no matter what Valve have put Linux back on the radar.

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Ehvis 2 October 2018 at 8:57 am UTC
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It's possible that people using Steam on Wine were now more likely to get their survey on Linux again due to proton. It could also be a statistical anomaly. Time will tell.

On a positive note, I got a survey last night. On Linux obviously.
julkip 2 October 2018 at 8:59 am UTC
The title of the story suggested a number a biiiit more impressive than 0.7%, but It's a success anyway I guess ;)
Flabb 2 October 2018 at 9:02 am UTC
This increase is probably related to a fact that a lot of former Winesteam users (formerly counted as Windows users) are now switching to Steam on Linux due to Proton, so they now count as Linux users.
We still don't know if it really will attract new people to the platform.
liamdawe 2 October 2018 at 9:04 am UTC
julkipThe title of the story suggested a number a biiiit more impressive than 0.7%, but It's a success anyway I guess ;)
The title doesn't suggest anything, it's simply a fact.
trawz 2 October 2018 at 9:04 am UTC
Well, I finally switched 100% to Linux this month, no more need for dual booting. Wine + DXVK replaced all need for a dual-boot solution. I hope more people will follow
SadL 2 October 2018 at 9:21 am UTC
What I see is a massive 30% still using Windows 7. This might be our ticket to success. We got one year to improve Linux gaming. Windows 7 EOF is January 2020. If we could get even 1/10 of those users..

PS: Proton is good but needs to get better (yes yes..I know its in its infancy). For example, I would really like scripts being introduced. Let users create scripts to tweak proton(or the game options) in order to run games, and then submit those scripts to valve for testing in order to make them official. Or..something..we need to gain momentum.
Zlopez 2 October 2018 at 9:52 am UTC
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trawzWell, I finally switched 100% to Linux this month, no more need for dual booting. Wine + DXVK replaced all need for a dual-boot solution. I hope more people will follow

I did this two years ago and there were plenty of games working on Linux back there.
Stopped watching games released only for Windows and I don't regret this decision. There were very few games that were released for Windows, that I wanted to try. (Mostly Warhammer titles - Steam Play allowed me to play Warhammer End Times: Vermintide ) But right now I still have some games in my (linux only) Library I didn't even tested. Not much time for playing right now.


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Dedale 2 October 2018 at 9:54 am UTC
I was hoping something like that would happen. Interesting remarks about people who could move from vanilla WINE to proton. I didn't think about that.

If i recall well, we were at .59% last month. That would make a relative 20% increase in proportion.

Cool news.
Arehandoro 2 October 2018 at 10:30 am UTC
Always happy to see more people trying the OS. Independently whether they stay or not, I think it will do eventually good. Perhaps some of the hatred beteween OSes can diminish too.
TPhaster 2 October 2018 at 10:41 am UTC
SadLWhat I see is a massive 30% still using Windows 7. This might be our ticket to success. We got one year to improve Linux gaming. Windows 7 EOF is January 2020. If we could get even 1/10 of those users.
Aren't most of these people Chinese? If so, they almost certainly won't switch to Linux.

DedaleIf i recall well, we were at .59% last month. That would make a relative 20% increase in proportion.
That's good, but I wonder how long this growth rate will sustain. Surely Proton release have made a lot of people, who were dual booting, to switch completely to Linux - that's great. But with just them I guess we won't reach much more than 1% (remember that Linux desktop market share is around 2%).

We need more new and inexperienced people trying out Linux and for that we need friendly and welcoming community - they need to feel that Linux OS is for everybody and not for small tech elite.
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