Steam: Linux user percentage close to Mac, Ubuntu 12.10 most popular

Monday, 4th March 2013 23:24 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Since Steam officially launched its Linux client in mid-February, users have increased to more than 2% of total user base.

2% doesn’t sound like much perhaps, but it’s worth noting that Mac users represent just over 3% of total users, despite having been supported for much longer. Trends show Mac operating systems are losing popularity while Linux is on the rise, too.

Ubuntu 12.10 64 bit is the most popular Linux OS. MacOS 10.8.2 64 bit is the most-used flavour os OS-X, and Windows 7 sits supreme for PC users.

See the stats broken down by family below. View the full breakdown on Steam’s survey page.


  • Windows 7 64 bit 55.48%
  • Windows 7 13.83%
  • Windows XP 32 bit 8.97%
  • Windows 8 64 bit 8.89%
  • Windows Vista 64 bit 3.30%
  • Windows Vista 32 bit 2.54%
  • Windows 8 0.74%
  • Windows XP 64 bit 0.36%
  • Windows total: 94.11%
    Mac OS-X

  • MacOS 10.8.2 64 bit 1.71%
  • MacOS 10.7.5 64 bit 0.74%
  • MacOS 10.6.8 64 bit 0.62%
  • Mac total: 3.07%

  • Ubuntu 12.10 64 bit 0.71%
  • Ubuntu 12.10 0.38%
  • Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS 64 bit 0.31%
  • Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS 0.20%
  • Linux Mint 14 Nadia 64 bit 0.17%
  • Linux 64 bit 0.14%
  • Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS 64 bit 0.11%
  • Linux total: 2.02%

Thanks, GameInformer.



  1. mkotechno

    SteamBox/SteamOS is coming.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DSB

    Supposedly Windows 8 only has 2% adoption, so that’s not entirely lousy.

    (Vista supposedly still has 5%)

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Talkar

    ^Well, Windows 8 isn’t as bad as a lot of people tried to tell us. If you either can get used to the metro layout, or just install or create a start menu, then it is better than Windows 7 in every way ;)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DSB

    It doesn’t sell PCs, and it obviously doesn’t sell itself. That’s not great if it wants to be on PCs 10 years down the road.

    Personally I have absolutely no desire to use it. Simply going “It’s new” or “Now with squares to click on!” isn’t going to sell me on anything.

    Maybe if they got off their asses and stopped making ridiculous “Life is great – So Windows!” commercials they could sell people on it, but it’s not exactly hot shit.

    The time when you could just show things completely unrelated to your product and not tell anyone why they actually need it is long gone.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. nollie4545

    Steam OS would be right up my street.

    As for Macs, well they are over priced and carp anyway. Anyone who buys one to go gaming is officially a c*ck.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. worntreads

    This information seems to be lacking data from all the other linux distros. Are the numbers running fedora, arch, bodhi, slax, slackware, etc…too small to bother with?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Kabby

    Probably. Or perhaps they just don’t have decent tracking metrics yet.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. nollie4545

    Probably the latter as you say.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. adumicic

    Mac and linux use is inline with the number of games. Why would there be people on there for either Mac or linux when there are effectively zero games on steam for them to play?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. roadkill

    @3 Yes because that’s what people are going for when they install a new OS, an interface that’s hard to get used to (hard to use actually, you have it in Windows 7 for free anyway) and the absence of important and useful features (which again Windows 7 has). Yup, you’re right as usual. Windows 8 is great.

    And as for the Linux OS, oh I would so use it if only I could install the graphics driver.. It’s impossible for newbies.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. noherczeg


    If I’m right it’s like 2 clicks in the Ubuntu Software Center, or 3-6 commands in the command line :)

    #11 2 years ago

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