Linux News Today: Steam for Linux User Is Still Under 1%
The Steam Hardware & Software Survey: February 2016 has been made public, and it looks like the Linux platform hasn’t managed to get over the 1% hurdle.
The number of Linux Steam users has been keeping steady at the same level for the last few months, just below 1%, and it looks like not much changed for the month of February. We were hoping to see Linux usage growing from month to month, but that is not happening.
This problem can be attributed to several factors. If we put aside the fact that it’s not a really reliable tool to count the number of users, we can identify a few issues. For example, many Linux users are saying that they never received the survey, which can be a problem.
Secondly, it’s very likely that lots of new Linux users are using Steam, but the number by which they join this platform is smaller than the overall number of gamers for the entirety of the community.
Sill below 1%
The latest numbers put Steam for Linux at 0.91%, which is, in fact, down 0.4% since January. From the looks of it, nothing seems to impress the Linux users, not even the massive sales, which don’t affect that percentage.
The most used operating system is Ubuntu 15.10 64-bit, followed by Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS 64-bit, and lastly by Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa 64-bit.
It’s also worth noting that most users Linux users have at least 12GB of RAM, name Intel HD Graphics 4000 as their favorite video solution (integrated), and prefer single monitors with 1920 x 1080 resolution.
Maybe one of the reasons Steam for Linux is not more widely adopted is the fact that the average Linux system is not really good for gaming. In any case, we don’t put much hope in things changing for March.