killergurke May 1, 2013 @ 11:42am
Hardware/Software Survey April
http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey
Linux now @ 1,56%
Apparently it decreased a little since last month (1,69%) :(

(And Windows Vista is going through the roof again +0.62% in april; +0.59% in march xD)
Last edited by killergurke; May 1, 2013 @ 11:52am
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Greenbikerdude May 1, 2013 @ 11:51am 
the survey never popped up in my linux client.... Today i first started up my native client -> no survey ... then i look for updates for my steam wine version -> no survey .... switch to windows for a certain game suddenly survey hm...
Seph//roth : Linux May 1, 2013 @ 11:54am 
the survey is a bit bollox imo
LOLCAT May 1, 2013 @ 12:04pm 
It will continue decreasing unless publishers start releasing well recognized titles (so-called AAA titles). Indie games can be great (e.g. Amnesia, Audiosurf etc.) but people want to play Mass Effect and Elder Scrolls and stuff like that.
mattyy1hp May 1, 2013 @ 12:17pm 
Originally posted by Greenbikerdude:
the survey never popped up in my linux client.... Today i first started up my native client -> no survey ... then i look for updates for my steam wine version -> no survey .... switch to windows for a certain game suddenly survey hm...

Same for me. I have been asked in Wine so I've choosed no. I don't know if I have ever been counted in the survey. It's sad that there is no option to check this.
instabilis May 1, 2013 @ 12:29pm 
Unless Valve ask every "Linux" user per survey, then we will see the numbers go up, or down, each month.
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[Linux] hosefflatt May 1, 2013 @ 12:35pm 
There is actually an issue on Valve's github page for this. Several people there report being asked on Windows every single month, but never being asked on Linux. I myself was asked on LInux for the first time today, but have been asked 2-3 times on Windows.

https://github.com/ValveSoftware/steam-for-linux/issues/2286
Doc Holliday May 1, 2013 @ 12:58pm 
it's going to take up to 1 year for linux to get a lot of game ports Steam and Valve games are just the start
The Develment of Linux into a AAA gaming rig just went into full swing in 2012
[Linux] Dick s2 Camila May 1, 2013 @ 1:02pm 
Originally posted by killergurke:
http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey
Linux now @ 1,56%
Apparently it decreased a little since last month (1,69%) :(

(And Windows Vista is going through the roof again +0.62% in april; +0.59% in march xD)
I received the survey while running Windows =P

I couldn't go to Linux ATM so I participated there.
Kye ☺ May 1, 2013 @ 2:26pm 
They didn't ask me in April, too.
omegadot May 1, 2013 @ 3:01pm 
I've never had it pop up that much in either OS. I do sign off and on quite a lot booting between to do stuff, so I'd expect for it to come up as necessary.
El Pollo Santos May 1, 2013 @ 3:11pm 
Honestly I'm not surprised, I love linux and was thrilled to see Steam on linux, I was in the beta and bought SS3 just to support it... and never played it. I had a laptop with a high end AMD graphics system and could not get decent performance for anything (tf2 was tolerable in the end) and I even went out and bought a new Alienware m17x with a Nvidia graphics card expecting better performance and was surprised with the optimus issues (my fault for not doing research I suppose). While I miss my Gnome desktop I couldn't get enough performance out of the intel or nvidia drivers to make it usable for even just flash video. Really disappointed but with current driver support Steam on Linux is dying before it ever really took off, with a whimper not a bang.
PyGuy May 1, 2013 @ 3:46pm 
Originally posted by Lava Roy!:
Honestly I'm not surprised, I love linux and was thrilled to see Steam on linux, I was in the beta and bought SS3 just to support it... and never played it. I had a laptop with a high end AMD graphics system and could not get decent performance for anything (tf2 was tolerable in the end) and I even went out and bought a new Alienware m17x with a Nvidia graphics card expecting better performance and was surprised with the optimus issues (my fault for not doing research I suppose). While I miss my Gnome desktop I couldn't get enough performance out of the intel or nvidia drivers to make it usable for even just flash video. Really disappointed but with current driver support Steam on Linux is dying before it ever really took off, with a whimper not a bang.

Steam for Linux is hardly dying.
-Valve still hasn't finished porting all of their most popular games onto the platform yet (L4D2, Dota 2, CS:GO, etc)
-There is still work being done with drivers on both Nvidia and AMD's end.
-We'll really know if this push is worthwhile when Valve's upcoming console is released (whether if it succeeds or flops).

Realistically, these statistics are not a sign of failure, especially when it seems like more than half of the Linux users aren't even being surveyed.
slr May 1, 2013 @ 3:48pm 
Originally posted by ;828937979046560027:
..was surprised with the optimus issues
For if you did not know, installing bumblebee lets you use the nvidia GPU iso the intel onboard:
- install:
% sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable
% sudo apt-get update
% sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia
- Add yourself to bumblebee group:
% sudo adduser YOURNAME bumblebee
- Reboot (for new group to take effect)
- Test it:
- without (i7 GPU): glxspheres
--> 60 FPS
- with: optirun glxspheres
--> 130 FPS
(if the deamon can not be found, you have the manually start it: sudo bumblebeed)
- to use it for a certain game, adjust its properties->general->launch_options
and enter "/usr/bin/primusrun %command%"

It works for most games, but not all.. SS3 atleast works with for me.


ViPas May 2, 2013 @ 4:31am 
Originally posted by slr:
- without (i7 GPU): glxspheres
--> 60 FPS
- with: optirun glxspheres
--> 130 FPS

When you run glxspheres without optirun, the fps are capped by vsync. I think you should set "vblank_mode=0" before running to disable vsync.
AC/DC ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! May 2, 2013 @ 5:24am 
Originally posted by slr:
Originally posted by ;828937979046560027:
..was surprised with the optimus issues
For if you did not know, installing bumblebee lets you use the nvidia GPU iso the intel onboard:
- install:
% sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable
% sudo apt-get update
% sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia
- Add yourself to bumblebee group:
% sudo adduser YOURNAME bumblebee
- Reboot (for new group to take effect)
- Test it:
- without (i7 GPU): glxspheres
--> 60 FPS
- with: optirun glxspheres
--> 130 FPS
(if the deamon can not be found, you have the manually start it: sudo bumblebeed)
- to use it for a certain game, adjust its properties->general->launch_options
and enter "/usr/bin/primusrun %command%"

It works for most games, but not all.. SS3 atleast works with for me.

Also when starting most games primusrun %command% or optirun %command% works just fine!
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