Having terrible performance/stability/consistency with AMD drivers. TF2 and other games are running much better on embedded Intel graphics.
To raise the numbers we need more games that are played frequently like DOTA2, CS:GO, Left4Dead.
In my opinion, what is making Linux drop in usage, is the fact that Valve is detecting many Linux distribuitions and since their use is too low, they appear as 0.00%.
Thus when you simple sum these values, you can't get any improvement.
What would be a good thing to suggest Valve, is to merge it's platform survey, in a way that only appears: Linux, MacOS and Windows, without creating any difference between versions and distribution names.
Their data is too messily displayed and we can't get good analysis from that.
For those who have Steam running under Wine, what does that count? Running as Windows (convinced Steam) or running on Linux (aware it's still on Linux).
I would play tf2 on linux, if tf2 hasn't competely broken for me months ago. It worked until right after the beta ended and then never again....
There shouldn't be any "right" or "wrong" hardware; it should all work.You probably have the wrong hardware,
He chose the most popular one, which is what 99% of all non-Linux users are going to do.and picked the wrong desktop/distro.
For the last time, for Windows users: Ubuntu = Linux. You can complain about it all you want, but the only way Linux ever gets big is if Ubuntu gets big. Canonical is the primary driver of the development of Linux now, not the devs, certainly not Linus, but Ubuntu.
So basically, don't bother using the second largest GPU manufacturer on the OS...First, use nvidia, else stay away.
Good for you. Apparently, the user doesn't agree.Second, you don't need compositing to play games. I have zero tearing, and i use vsync with triple buffer just fine in all games i have tried.
Your post, basically, highlights why most devs like me don't bother with Linux. Compared to Windows, its still a toy.
But stuff that was near flawless on Ubuntu 10.10 / 11.04 (say, Doom 3, Quake 4... XBMC) is really bad on 12.04.2. The performance problems are not in NVIDIA's lap, that's for sure. Now maybe I don't have some configuration set right or whatever. But I just don't have the patience to deal with some of that stuff anymore. If I boot to Windows 7 my games run fine out of the box.
Well i i'm using linux for more than 7 years, but i still dualboot and i wont use steam for linux, because linux GPU drivers for ATI Suck, they just don't exist...
All open source drivers are total crap and useless, and proprietary blob is just far behind windows! ( thanks kernel devs, gpl fanatics...) Anyway, i won't buy hardware for the software, i preffer to buy software for the hardware i have !
The decline comes from the initial boom, which was too early, but then everybody who tryed linux, saw just how behind it is in terms of drivers, and desktop crashes...
So it's normal to stay for gaming on windows...
Even the wi-fi drivers are bad, and can often drop your network, add more lag and etc.