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  • First Statistics On Steam Linux Usage

    Phoronix: First Statistics On Steam Linux Usage

    Valve has released their December Steam statistics that show initial data on Linux client usage...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTI2NzQ

  • #2
    A healthy chuck of Linux Users is probably part of the 0,71 % Other OS. If you look at the "What's your current Distro and Desktop Enviroment"- Thread which has way almost 2000 posts there are craploads of Mint, Fedora and Arch Users in there. Mint also is recognized as seperate OS in the "System Information" and not declared as Ubuntu. It's unlikely that non of the other distros beat 12.10 32-Bit in terms of market share.
    Last edited by blackout23; 01-05-2013, 12:40 PM.

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    • #3
      I have a few questions:

      I guess those values are averaged over a certain time.
      1. When did Valve take the data?
      2. What about other Linux distros?
      3. How do you come up with the 1% value if you don't have further information?

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      • #4
        I suspect that when it goes out of beta and more games are available it will rise dramatically.The fact is that right now alot of games that are available on steam and ARE ported to linux are not available on steam. They need to fix that. If it has a linux client then they need to make it available to linux users. That will do a ton to help. They can't sell something that they dont offer.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by entropy View Post
          When did Valve take the data?
          December 2012
          What about other Linux distros?
          Not listed.
          How do you come up with the 1% value if you don't have further information?
          Simple math? Have you even checked the steam statistic side? Cause all your questions are answered there.

          Originally posted by blackout23 View Post
          A healthy chuck of Linux Users is probably part of the 0,71 % Other OS.
          While I would love this I don't think so. If you have a look at the numbers (percentage vs. change) you see that all Ubuntu numbers came from 0. For Other OS it is 0.71 percentage but only 0.14 change, so this 0.14 is the max of linux users (while I would guess it's more like 0.04).

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TAXI View Post
            Simple math? Have you even checked the steam statistic side? Cause all your questions are answered there.
            Oh well, I missed the 'OS' item is clickable.
            Should've read that statistics page more carefully, indeed.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by TAXI View Post
              While I would love this I don't think so. If you have a look at the numbers (percentage vs. change) you see that all Ubuntu numbers came from 0. For Other OS it is 0.71 percentage but only 0.14 change, so this 0.14 is the max of linux users (while I would guess it's more like 0.04).
              How do you know that it is 0.14 max? That would mean besides the Linux users, nothing has changed for "Other OS". Do you really think, that's the case?

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              • #8
                There are more Linux users than Windows XP 64Bit users

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by duby229 View Post
                  I suspect that when it goes out of beta and more games are available it will rise dramatically.The fact is that right now alot of games that are available on steam and ARE ported to linux are not available on steam. They need to fix that. If it has a linux client then they need to make it available to linux users. That will do a ton to help. They can't sell something that they dont offer.
                  I suspect the same. 1% while there's only beta and few games is a very good result!

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                  • #10
                    Having Steam on Linux is a good start but without major games I don't think Steam will change the picture significantly. Also I wonder how non-Ubuntu distributions will affect the numbers and how exactly does (or did) Valve count Steam on Wine?

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                    • #11
                      If they counted every linux user using wine to play steam games, it would have been like 5% or more.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jan1024188 View Post
                        If they counted every linux user using wine to play steam games, it would have been like 5% or more.
                        I'm one of those. Most games I've purchased so far are not ported to linux, so I have to use wine.

                        How do wine users get listed? Windows XP?

                        Anyway, the steam client with wine does pretty well. It does freeze sometimes but I see no difference between the native linux client and the windows one running on wine.
                        Last edited by newwen; 01-05-2013, 02:27 PM.

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                        • #13
                          There's no reason for me to use linux for gaming simply because there are no games that I play available on linux. Unless big AAA titles start coming out on linux and I will not have more problems running them on linux than on windows then it's windows for gaming for me and I guess for most people that care about it. Another problem linux has as compared to windows is driver/userland software availability for expensive gaming controllers - mice, keyboards and others for all available brands (no I will not buy roccat just because they support linux, I like my current gear better).
                          Last edited by tehehe; 01-05-2013, 02:34 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by newwen View Post
                              How do wine users get listed? Windows XP?

                              Anyway, the steam client with wine does pretty well. It does freeze sometimes but I see no difference between the native linux client and the windows one running on wine.
                              You can choose the windows version in winecfg (ie. Windows XP). Its possible to detect wine, but i doubt they do, you are counted as another windows user. Check help, system info when running steam with wine...

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