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Valve Reveals First Month of Steam Linux Gains 295

An anonymous reader writes with news that Valve has updated its Hardware & Software Survey for December 2012, which reflects the first month of the platform being available for Linux. Even though the project is still in a beta test, players on Ubuntu already account for 0.8% of Steam usage. The 64-bit clients for Ubuntu 12.10 and 12.04.1 showed about double the share of the 32-bit versions. MacOS use also showed growth, rising to about 3.7%. Windows 7's usage share dropped by over 2%, but balanced by the growth of Windows 8, which is now at just under 7%. The total share for Windows is still about 95%.
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Valve Reveals First Month of Steam Linux Gains

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  • Re:DRM (Score:4, Informative)

    by hduff ( 570443 ) <<hoytduff> <at> <gmail.com>> on Saturday January 05, 2013 @01:01PM (#42488305) Homepage Journal

    Lot sof playable-on-Linux-DRM-free games at gog.com.

  • Re:DRM (Score:3, Informative)

    by Sir_Sri ( 199544 ) on Saturday January 05, 2013 @01:01PM (#42488315)

    Steam IS DRM.

  • by Cruciform ( 42896 ) on Saturday January 05, 2013 @01:03PM (#42488335) Homepage

    The Mac version tends to lose windows quite often as well. The news, library, game windows, etc. will be active (including the odd duplicate) and not appear on screen. Sometimes it just takes an extra five minutes for the news to load to tell you the latest deal.
    Hopefully that's not the case for the Linux users as well.

  • Re:DRM (Score:5, Informative)

    by Riddler Sensei ( 979333 ) on Saturday January 05, 2013 @01:06PM (#42488357)

    You know, I often find myself forgetting that Steam is essentially DRM. This struck me most lately last night as I started thinking about the new SimCity that's coming out this year and how it's suppose to be "always online" for DRM purposes. I started to think, "Well, hell, I have SC4 on Steam I could just fire that u....waaaaaait".

    I don't know if I can really pinpoint why I don't consider Steam to be the kick to the dick that almost all other DRM is. Is it the constant sales and love that get chucked my way? The ability to move game folders/files anywhere and everywhere and have it work as long the signed in account owns the game (my old apartment would frequently dump our Steam games on our NAS to save everyone else who bought it the trouble of downloading it, all legit)? The relatively good server uptime (compared to other game companies)? The ability to add non-Steam games to my library? I don't know, but I just feel like I'm using a service instead of being locked up.

    Is it pure? Hell, no. Is it good? I'd certainly say so. If the balance of the two don't balance to your favor I'd certainly see why you'd avoid it. I don't, personally, and my big wish is that the Linux/Mac Steam clients get some sort of built in VM in order to easily play the huge back catalog of Windows only games. This could either increase Linux/Mac growth by easing the pain of transition or it could stymie development by giving developers a lazy out. Either way...VIDYO GAMES!

  • Re:DRM (Score:5, Informative)

    by cigawoot ( 1242378 ) on Saturday January 05, 2013 @01:12PM (#42488383)

    Yes, Steam is DRM. However, Steam is DRM that gives something back in return.

    Being able to download your games as you please, store your saves (on supported games) in the cloud, automatic updates, and the ability to easily download mods for games (when supported), makes Steam more palatable when it comes to DRM. Most DRM schemes just take away from the user without giving anything back in return, Steam is different.

  • Troll? (Score:3, Informative)

    by drinkypoo ( 153816 ) <martin.espinoza@gmail.com> on Saturday January 05, 2013 @01:24PM (#42488489) Homepage Journal

    Moderators, please explain which part of "Steam is a distribution system that uses DRM. They could choose to stop using it and still be a distribution system" is a troll. Steam is a distribution system. Steam uses DRM. The DRM is not an integral part of Steam; some titles on Steam don't actually use it.

  • Re:DRM (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 05, 2013 @01:26PM (#42488501)

    Well not really. You can only filter Windows vs Mac. No Linux specific support at all.


  • That was my impression. I've tried the Linux Steam beta and it is terrible. It's slow, clunky and navigating it is a pain. it doesn't integrate into the desktop either, so the app looks out of place.

    Which is surprising since the Windows client runs pretty well using WINE.

    I have both installed, and you are full of crap. Steam is slow, clunky and navigating it is a pain on both Windows and Linux. I suppose you could laud Valve for providing the same experience on both platforms, but that's really not much of an accolade considering how crap Steam on Windows is. Regardless, it takes just about as long for either Steam to connect, but it actually takes longer for Steam for Windows on Wine to display its interface after the nigh-interminable login process.

  • Re:DRM (Score:5, Informative)

    by Nemyst ( 1383049 ) on Saturday January 05, 2013 @01:36PM (#42488581) Homepage

    No. Steam is a distribution system. Steamworks is a DRM, community and cloud integration API which is provided through Steam, but which is entirely optional. There's a fair number of games available on Steam that already do not use Steamworks DRM, or any sort of DRM.

  • It's 'ok' (Score:4, Informative)

    by __aaqvdr516 ( 975138 ) on Saturday January 05, 2013 @01:54PM (#42488707)

    The Steam client itself works just fine. The problem is Valve's distribution system. I had 4 games that were listed as supported. Of those, two of them would not install (as in you can click the install button and it would give a message that it was installed but there would be nothing downloaded). One of them installed but would not launch. The last is TF2, and I really don't care to play that.

    I'm not faulting them, it's still beta after all. I'm just not excited about a new platform to play games that are mostly available outside of Steam already with the added bonus of more TF2.

  • Re:DRM (Score:3, Informative)

    by fredprado ( 2569351 ) on Saturday January 05, 2013 @04:00PM (#42489485)
    Oh I can, but you own the permanent right to use the copy of this data stream in most countries, which for all practical purpose is the same, and cannot be revoked at will by the seller. You can resell this right if you so wish and do basically anything else you could with a physical good.
  • Re:DRM (Score:4, Informative)

    by cheesybagel ( 670288 ) on Saturday January 05, 2013 @05:55PM (#42490321)
    A lot of those games on GoG are running on DosBox or ScummVM so you can run them on Linux just as well. Not that GoG makes any specific effort to actually list these or have any proper Linux support however.

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