April's statistics are out now, it looks as though the linux market share has dropped again.
Most people probably noticed how crappy the selection of games for GNU/Linux is at the moment. They'll migrate to the operating system once the library improves, I'm sure of it. However, we're also dealing with the fact that when it comes to gaming on G/L, people are introduced to the confusion that is getting the game to work right:
1) Proprietary or free drivers?
2) Why is the game not working / How do I install the 32-bit libraries? Why weren't they installed in the first place?
3) Ubuntu sucks, can I use anything better?
For most people, it's best to just stay in Windows if games are a priority.
i wonder how they actually figure which os to count for dual booters like myself... i default to linux unless i am playing bfbc2 or red orchestra 2 ( which i hope a linux port will be released for soon).... all my games like tf2, dods, beat hazard, oil rush, etc that have native linux versions i have installed on my mint linux 14 box and uninstalled the windows version. for the past year or so i have only purchased games with the intention of playing them on linux. i hope i am being counted as a linux user. over half my game time is in linux now due to valve. i have had an off/on relationship with linux for 15 yrs and valve/steam has turned it into an everyday relationship.
Take what I write with a grain of salt, as I'm not a gamer, and haven't had a Steam install on one of my boxes in several years now, so even if my memory is correct, I could still be wrong just because things could have changed since then. But based on my recollections, I would imagine that if you only run Steam under Linux and never under Windows, there's no risk of you accidentally submitting stats under a Windows install instead of a Linux one.
Is there anyone here who is actually knowledgeable about how the Steam survey is conducted, and whether there are any special caveats regarding Linux (such as opt-in or opt-out options, etc.)?
I'm not sure if various government agencies and big businesses around the world running enterprise Linux desktops from companies like Red Hat and SUSE would agree though. They're a small slice of the pie, but that doesn't make them any less serious. Feel free to disagree if that makes you happy.