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Latest Steam numbers show Linux, Mac gamers almost equal

By Rick ยท 10 replies
Mar 5, 2013
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  1. The numbers from Steam's February hardware and software survey have been published and the results show an interesting development -- Linux platforms now accounts for about 2.8 percent of Steam's users. That may not sound like much, but to put...

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  2. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    It's interesting that Steam has access to this kind of information in the first place. What else does their application report to their servers, I wonder?
  3. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 2,145   +1,221

    you can read the Eula. Their survey is opt in, not opt out.
  4. Technically true, it's 'opt in', but it installs 'opted in' You have to change it after installation...by then they've already collected at least one pass of your info.
  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +629

    Does anyone know how it actually works? Does it take into account all the platforms that a single account has been on and only takes the most-used to insert into the data?
  6. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,041   +793

    What else would valve want from you? They need your address and credit card details for you to purchase games, this is hardware related so your CPU, RAM, GPU etc... Its not like its personally identifiable stuff or anything important to anyone other than themselves to better optimize their games, its nice to see they make it public, I bet Origin does the same thing but doesn't make any of it publicly available.

    But seriously, what on earth do you think Valve are taking from you by running these survey's? It also reports the version of Windows your running, service packs, driver versions and anti-virus software... so what?
    ReederOnTheRun likes this.
  7. MadnessRed

    MadnessRed TS Rookie Posts: 19

    I assumed the data collection was that popup window which appears and asked questions such as internet speed, do you have a microphone etc.
  8. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,768   +598

    Thats a good question, I use three different systems regularly enough and have had the hardware survey pop up on me while not using my main gaming rig. Does it associate your steam account with familiar systems? Maybe that could be part of the survey, like number of system used on avg by an individual account. Might be interesting to see how many different systems somebody could use.
  9. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +629

    Yeah, I'm up to four now. Something tells me that if the figures aren't adjusted in any way, that the Linux figures are over-inflated. I'm willing to bet a lot would be people running their second boot or VM and just trying out Steam.
  10. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    Well, a steady supply of games IS coming. Imagine running the same operating system behind the Steambox, and you get some killer apps (see: Infinity Ward, Volition, Blizzard, etc.) The range of developers migrating to the system is only going to grow. They develop all of their games on Linux systems anyways. :p
  11. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,397   +874

    I expected 4GB of RAM to be more popular.

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