Linux Users Come Out of the Woodwork in Latest Steam Hardware Survey

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Duck Dodgers

I'm using Unbuntu on my ASUS laptop but I need to keep Windows 7 on my desktop for games. If steam/linux builds something you can game on, (including AAA titles) they will come.

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DR_JDUBZ

currently on windows 7 only because of the games and software available. I prefer ubuntu's interface and ease of use however, especially its superior hardware support in many cases. if AAA titles moved over (non EA titles of course) and good video/audio software was made available on ubuntu I would readilly switch

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Freebar

Maximum PC's former Editor in Chief trashed Windows Vista before its official release but ended his editorial by saying to the effect: "I've never been so conflicted." His problem? Though Vista was bad it had DirectX 10 which nothing else could touch. Now we have DirectX 11.1. Someone please chime in and school me if I'm wrong, but isn't DirectX the secret sauce that makes the PC king of gaming? Is Microsoft going to license DirectX for Linux? Or could games be their best without DirectX?

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bpstone

From the perspective of a programmer, I prefer OpenGL.

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TrollBot5000

as does Blizzard.

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Renegade Knight

I think 90% market share makes Windows the king of PC gaming. Direct X probably saves Microsoft a lot of headache dealing with games as a result of being king.

Consider iOS and Android gaming. Both are huge these days. The platforms leave a lot to be desired. It's a market share thing.

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buckeyebri32

I use Win 8 Pro x64, and just started using Steam as I got some games free with my new graphics card. Loving it.

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Dartht33bagger

I'm running Windows 7 x64 right now. I'm definitely keeping an eye on this Linux stuff though. Linux is looking like a great future OS when Microsoft stops supporting Windows 7.

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TrollBot5000

no reason you can't dualboot and check it out right now. thats what I do. I can't wait to see where the linux kernel is in 2020 and dread to see what abomination microsoft dreams up if theyre even relevant at all by then.

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AFDozerman

I'm trying to move some of my gaming over to linux, but with my 7770s in crossfire and the official amd drivers, I am still getting abysmal framerates.

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TrollBot5000

I keep seeing similar horror stories about amd drivers under linux. can't count how many times I've seen the words amd, linux, and bad framerates in the same sentence. here this might help. phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?68914-Considering-a-new-GPU-soon-How-s-the-7700-series-on-Linux&s=39306d085508932999de0556f61f4be0

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bpstone

Mention your issues in your Linux distribution community forums. It could be something simple causing the problem. Proprietary drivers have continued to improve as of late. What you are experiencing can also occur in Windows depending on the game that is being played.

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DoctorX

make sure xorg is up to date... i ran into this problem with mine too... didnt completely solve the framrate though.. .but i was crossfiring 4870s :)

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Neufeldt2002

Using Windows 7 x64, but I am keeping a close eye on how Linux develops.

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DoctorX

Kubuntu 12.10 64bit and windows8 x64 (i know... but i was able to get it stable without metro. Only time i go in there now is if i want to change my lock screen picture).

I hope AAA would be there.. At least the linux versions of doom1,2,3 and quake 1,2,3,4 and the unreal series. There was nothign for unreal tournament 3 but everything prior ran on linux just fine natively.

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TheDefiler54770

I use Windows 8 and have no issues with Steam. I like the seamless integration between the new style interface and the desktop.

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Renegade Knight

I also use Windows 8. I'd use Linux but my present Thinkpad has issues running it. In my case I've had some compatibility issues with some games. I just run them in Win 7 compatibility mode and it solved it.

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Nixon

I use Steam on just Windows 7 x64 for me.

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bpstone

I use steam on Arch Linux x84_64bit and Windows 7. The main drawback to playing on a Linux desktop distro at the moment is the lack of AAA titles. That will hopefully change as time progresses.

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mullert

Pretty much the same here, I run both my laptop and desktop on Arch.

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