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  • Steam For Linux Last Month Showed A Slight Rise In Usage

    Phoronix: Steam For Linux Last Month Showed A Slight Rise In Usage

    The Steam Hardware Survey has been updated to reflect the April 2014 numbers. Last month, there were slightly more reported Linux users running Steam to obtain the latest Linux games...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTY3OTI

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    If Valve really wanted to people to move to Linux they would give special discounts only to Linux users, and special game give aways only to Linux users.

    And have titles be pre-released on Linux like 24 hours or 48 hours before they come to Windows.

    Windows is a better gaming platform, the drivers are more stable, the performance is better, there are more games, and it have more stuff that gamers care about such as Skype, Ventrilo, TeamSpeak, etc which doesn't exist for Linux or are of subpar quality.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by uid313 View Post
      If Valve really wanted to people to move to Linux they would give special discounts only to Linux users, and special game give aways only to Linux users.

      And have titles be pre-released on Linux like 24 hours or 48 hours before they come to Windows.
      Before they do that they should focus on getting things to actually work on Linux. And by the looks of the lack of game updates and bug resolutions on github, that doesn't seem to be a top priority.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by uid313 View Post
        If Valve really wanted to people to move to Linux they would give special discounts only to Linux users, and special game give aways only to Linux users.

        And have titles be pre-released on Linux like 24 hours or 48 hours before they come to Windows.

        Windows is a better gaming platform, the drivers are more stable, the performance is better, there are more games, and it have more stuff that gamers care about such as Skype, Ventrilo, TeamSpeak, etc which doesn't exist for Linux or are of subpar quality.
        As long as there are no linux exclusives, that isn't exactly easy to do. Right now, native linux support is simply a convenience to already existing linux gamers, which there were never much of to begin with. Also, Nvidia overall has better performance on linux than Windows.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by uid313 View Post
          Windows is a better gaming platform, the drivers are more stable, the performance is better, there are more games, and it have more stuff that gamers care about such as Skype, Ventrilo, TeamSpeak, etc which doesn't exist for Linux or are of subpar quality.
          Nobody will argue that. It is true for 2014. But will it be true for 2020? I think valves goal is a long term one...

          And by the way:
          Skype and teamspeak are available for linux in same quality as on windows.
          Ventrilo Server also, only Ventrily client is bound to win/max

          Are there other programs that gamers need on linux? Lets make a list!

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          • #6
            i bought a freedos laptop 2 weeks ago then loaded it with ubuntu and steam. that explains the raise.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by uid313 View Post
              <snip>... gamers care about such as Skype, Ventrilo, TeamSpeak, etc which doesn't exist for Linux or are of subpar quality.
              team speak worked fine for me on linux.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by omglotsofdots View Post
                i bought a freedos laptop 2 weeks ago then loaded it with ubuntu and steam. that explains the raise.
                Dude, that's just part of the whole picture, last week I visited the Valve site from my Linux box.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by uid313 View Post
                  Windows is a better gaming platform, the drivers are more stable, the performance is better,
                  If you use NVIDIA you get better performance on GNU Linux.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Filiprino View Post
                    If you use NVIDIA you get better performance on GNU Linux.
                    * when it works.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by omglotsofdots View Post
                      i bought a freedos laptop 2 weeks ago then loaded it with ubuntu and steam. that explains the raise.
                      Haha!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by johnc View Post
                        * when it works.
                        Same goes for Windows.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by schmidtbag View Post
                          As long as there are no linux exclusives, that isn't exactly easy to do. Right now, native linux support is simply a convenience to already existing linux gamers, which there were never much of to begin with. Also, Nvidia overall has better performance on linux than Windows.
                          As long as the linux catalog remains at only being ~25% of the Windows catalog and that 25% does not include all of the bigger name titles then most PC Gamers are going to have a massive barrier to switching, further there has to be a significant reason as to why said gamers would *want* to use linux over windows. The Windows 8 debacle gave us an opportunity however due to the software disparity we still weren't ready to take advantage of it, and Microsoft will have fixed the primary issue via Windows 9.

                          The Steam Machine however provides us an out until we finally reach software parity in that console gamers do not have the same back-catalog requirement (in that they don't have a massive set of games on steam that then won't be available under linux), and thus will allow linux to gain the critical mass in gaming that it needs, at that point exclusives might work to help get the gaming population to switch over however anything before that would be temporary at best. From there it'll be a question of other critical apps (such as MS Office) as to whether the switch can occur for the rest of the population, at which point OEMs would need to start seriously offering some flavour of linux in order for there to be any success on that front. Just pulling numbers out of my ass based upon what I've seen of things I'm guessing we're still maybe 5 years off from that point.

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                          • #14
                            No help from me

                            I haven't signed into my steam recently due to my Debian Testing Crashing and burning. The 790 Debian updates failed to install then I tried reinstalling it and now it wont even boot. Boo Hoo!

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                            • #15
                              Year of Linux. Callin' it.

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