A First Look At The 2010 Linux Graphics Survey Results

Written by Michael Larabel in Software on 13 September 2010 at 02:00 AM EDT. Page 5 of 5. 70 Comments.

Compiz / Compiz Fusion is in use on about 35% of the systems while KDE's KWin can just be found on about 23% of them. GNOME's new Shell / Mutter is already found on about 5% of the systems, according to the polled users. Nearly one-third of the users though are running without a compositing manager on their desktop.

The key interests or concerns related to Linux video drivers are 3D / OpenGL performance, video playback / acceleration, and stability. Less than 10% of the users are interested in licensing or the open-source status of a driver while only about 2% of users are interested in multi-GPU rendering.

Video playback is much more common to do than Linux gaming.

A majority (65%) of the respondents so far for the 2010 Phoronix Linux Graphics Survey classify themselves as mainstream users while 18% consider themselves enthusiast gamers, 14% are professional 2D users, and 7% are professional 3D customers.

Stay tuned to see the final results of this annual survey in October. You can also look at these survey results with similar questions from 2007, 2008, and 2009.

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