Madrang Jan 3, 2013 @ 3:23pm
Can't wait to see the steam hardware survey
I don't know if in this month survey Linux will be in. But http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey has been down for the last 48 hours. I wonder what is taking so long to update ??
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b4cki ❤ Katzii3 Jan 3, 2013 @ 3:27pm 
Me too, I've also been checking the site regularly :)
blackout24 Jan 3, 2013 @ 3:32pm 
+1. I smiled when I was asked to do the survey. Hope Arch Linux with my geeky CK patched kernel shows up somewhere. Would be interesting to see how many Linux Users run 64 bit at least.
Cheeseness Jan 3, 2013 @ 5:57pm 
I too am anxiously waiting to see what becomes of this.
PvtTUX Jan 4, 2013 @ 5:05pm 
Back up again, now showing stats for Ubuntu's various architectures !
Cheeseness Jan 4, 2013 @ 5:48pm 
Winnar
Col.Burke [Linux] Jan 4, 2013 @ 6:26pm 
were up withs the stats
here My sum on it of the linuxs (to save people the bother)
http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=235051&d=1357352287
Cheeseness Jan 4, 2013 @ 6:37pm 
It's worth keeping in mind that the December respondents (a randomly selected sample, presumably 1/12th of the Steam userbase) may no be an accurate representation of the size or makeup of the Linux beta community.

Since the "Other" OS category had appeared prior to the inclusion of Linux stats, it's probably not a good idea to assume that it represents Linux users specifically.

It's also unclear whether non-Ubuntu distros are represented here at all. Since Steam only officially supports Ubuntu, it could be reasonable for Valve to exclude non-Ubuntu distros from survey results (if this were the case, then results would be pretty skewed).

That 0.8% of December survey respondents use Ubuntu is the only reliable information we can draw from what's available.
Last edited by Cheeseness; Jan 4, 2013 @ 6:40pm
Col.Burke [Linux] Jan 4, 2013 @ 6:46pm 
yes , but the spike in other os would suggest a linux presences , due to the unlikely even of people switching to os like windows xp ( considering support has recently been dropped)

But yes , i do accept that only the 0.8% is the only reliable stat that we can presume
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Cheeseness Jan 4, 2013 @ 7:09pm 
Originally posted by Linux Col.Burke:
yes , but the spike in other os would suggest a linux presences , due to the unlikely even of people switching to os like windows xp ( considering support has recently been dropped)

Can a 0.14% increase in the "Other" category be described as a spike? I'd like to say that it fits within the bounds of normal fluctuation, but sadly, I don't have any saved copies of previous months' data to refer to.
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Col.Burke [Linux] Jan 4, 2013 @ 7:55pm 
Originally posted by Cheeseness:
Originally posted by Linux Col.Burke:
yes , but the spike in other os would suggest a linux presences , due to the unlikely even of people switching to os like windows xp ( considering support has recently been dropped)

Can a 0.14% increase in the "Other" category be described as a spike? I'd like to say that it fits within the bounds of normal fluctuation, but sadly, I don't have any saved copies of previous months' data to refer to.

well ,spike might not be the prefect term but however, I cant seam to find any past os figures from steam on the web
I cant see what would incresase it other wise, however i clearly bias. If anybody has some saved stats feel free to post

EDIT : there could also me an decreased in others os and arch and feadora brough it up
Last edited by Col.Burke [Linux]; Jan 4, 2013 @ 7:59pm
Madrang Jan 4, 2013 @ 7:59pm 
Yay, 0.8 for about 50 games all in a beta state is pretty good. from now things can only get better. :-D
Col.Burke [Linux] Jan 4, 2013 @ 8:01pm 
Originally posted by Madrang.War:
Yay, 0.8 for about 50 games all in a beta state is pretty good. from now things can only get better. :-D

however every gamer who runs linux has been dreaming of this day , i say we could hit 5% just after it offical release - that imo would be a good target
Cheeseness Jan 4, 2013 @ 9:11pm 
Originally posted by Linux Col.Burke:
well ,spike might not be the prefect term but however, I cant seam to find any past os figures from steam on the web
I cant see what would incresase it other wise, however i clearly bias. If anybody has some saved stats feel free to post

Since it's a random sample, there's potential for bias to be temporarily introduced depending on who gets prompted. It could just be that fewer people who fit into the "Other" category got prompted this time around. If "Other" is reserved for OS versions that just have low penetration (which I imagine it is), then a decline there could mean any number of things.

I've definitely talked about numbers several times before - back when there were two flavours of an OS listed as "Unknown" - but I'm having trouble tracking that down ^_^

The absence of the "Unknown" OS may also account for some percentage fluctuations.
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PvtTUX Jan 5, 2013 @ 1:05am 
Other not account for WINE ? As steam does report the use of it and has done for a while now.
Cheeseness Jan 5, 2013 @ 1:09am 
Originally posted by PvtTUX:
Other not account for WINE ? As steam does report the use of it and has done for a while now.
We have no indication of whether that was actually tracked/represented in the survey
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