Valve Publishes October Steam Hardware Survey
Phoronix: Valve Publishes October Steam Hardware Survey
Valve has released their latest hardware/software survey statistics for the following month. Is Linux back above a 1% market-share for gamers?..
I would not worry, firstly most top rated games still are windows only, people installed steam under linux and went back to their windows to play the games that don't run under Linux. Personally I have my uber machine and another that has a 10-5800k and a AMD HD6770, and I can play the Linux games on it, but still prefer my main machine. Most people still don't like dual booting, I know I don't.
Gaming won't bring popularity and/or bigger usage share to Linux. Gaming is not the problem.
The problem is, if I ask now, here, which OS I should use instead of Windows 7 the following will happen:
A: - Choose Fedora!!!
B: - No Fedora is too buggy! Choose Arch!
C: - No Arch is too hard for a beginner! Choose Mint!
D: - No Mint is not supported well. Choose Ubuntu!
E: - Ubuntu? Canonical is the devil and spying on you.
So I/He/She will end up to return to Windows. So simple.
Personally when I was trying to search the web for the best Linux alternative to Windows, I was bumping on articles that proposed distros based on politics (avoid Ubuntu no matter what) and I was lucky to try Ubuntu before I quit. I didn't know who is Shuttleworth, nor Torvalds, nor GNU, nor Red Hat but everyone is proposing to the masses what he prefers. No "A" proposal to make people enter to this world.
If you enter Linux you will never go back. But community is SO sort-sighted.
Last edited by verde; 11-01-2013 at 02:08 PM.
That is expected. There was no change in the Linux offering so naturally there wouldn't be a change in usage. Usage statistics won't be much meaningful until SteamBoxes are available to consumers.
Originally Posted by verde
Yeah, absolutely. Thank goodness when I switched to GNU/Linux 5.5 years ago there wasn't all this stupid hate towards Ubuntu, so no biased articles stopped me from getting it right the first time. I only tried other distros afterwards, and I always got back to Ubuntu. It's got its flaws, but for me it's the best distro around. I'm hoping for SteamOS to be good too and for the Steam client to continue being great on Ubuntu and the other distros.
Can we stop calling them "SteamBoxes", as if Valve were cloning Microsoft? They're Steam Machines, which is much more awesome. =)
Originally Posted by sarmad
That is why it will be steamOS as being the most popular in the long run. It will be the gamers OS, those other choices will not even be considered when it comes to the steam machine. SteamOS in the long run will have way more users then all the distros combined. You will see HP steam machine, Dell steam machine, Lenovo steam machine and probably many others.
Originally Posted by verde
Linux is at 1.78% not much has changed since the past year. I remeber it was a bit closer to 2% at one point.
You still don't know the details of SteamOS. Wait until it's released for the storm of hatred to begin.
Originally Posted by vaudevillian
That said, I agree that SteamOS will likely grab the biggest share in the long run.
Thats in part because the Team Fortress 2 Tux object than was avaiable to obtain if steam was installed using linux, so, probably a lot of wubi installations and virtual machines existed in that time. Just a possibility. Or maybe they try ubuntu and they did not like it.
Originally Posted by blackout23