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User Editorial: A different approach to calculating the popularity of Linux gaming on Steam

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Now that the monthly Steam statistics are out again, we can see that the result has increased slightly from last month, we are back up to 0.90% from 0.85%. While that is a positive sign, we are again looking at a number below 1% this month.

As has been previously pointed out there are a few flaws with the Steam statistics, such as that users of the Big Picture Mode do not get the survey at all. There are also likely a few flaws we don't know about. Still, we can safely assume that the Steam Hardware Survey isn't completely lying either: Linux usage might be off by a bit, but if it says below 1%, it is rather unlikely that the real numbers are for example above 2%. It is a statistic, and we have to treat it like a statistic, that gives us an indication of the Linux market share on Steam. An increase likely means a larger market share and a decrease a smaller market share.

A fair point that has been made, however, that the amount of Steam users has been increasing over time. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume the number of Linux Steam users has increased as well. The question is: How did Steam grow?

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DragonBox Pyra

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  • DragonBox Pyra Goes Up For Pre-Order

    It's been a while since last hearing anything about the DragonBox Pyra as an open-source gaming handheld system and successor to OpenPandora...

  • Bitcoin is Now Accepted For DragonBox Pyra Pre-orders

    It is always good to see new merchants accepting Bitcoin payments, as it goes to show businesses want to attract an international clientele. DragonBox, a ship based in Germany, recently started accepting Bitcoin payments for their Pyra computer. A neat little device, which packs quite the punch.

  • DragonBox Pyra pre-orders begin (open Source handheld gaming PC)

    The DragonBox Pyra is a portable computer that looks like a cross between a tiny laptop and a Nintendo DX game console… and it kind of works like a cross between those devices as well. It’s got a 5 inch display, a QWERTY keyboard, the Debian Linux operating system that can handle desktop apps as well as games, and physical gaming buttons.

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  • Check out this new Shadow Warrior 2 gameplay video, coming to Linux & SteamOS

    Looks like it has everything I need in an action game. Great visuals, some comedy, a nice assortment of weapons and abilities and a Linux version.

  • Tomb Raider out now on Linux

    Tomb Raider out now on Linux and available for review! Tomb Raider is out now on Linux and available from Steam and the Feral Store.

    Tomb Raider is the hugely successful and critically acclaimed adventure, that tells the gripping story of how an inexperienced young woman becomes the extraordinary Lara Croft, Tomb Raider.

  • Tomb Raider’s Mac, Linux Versions Receive a Launch Trailer

    Publisher Feral Interactive has released the official launch trailer for the Mac and Linux versions of developer Crystal Dynamics’ 2013 Tomb Raider.

    The trailer, which is a minute long and can be watched below, predominantly focuses on the action-oriented scenes from Tomb Raider, showing a young and fearless Lara Croft risking life and limb on her archeological expedition on the island of Yamatai.

  • Tomb Raiding, Best USB Distros, Debian's Dogguy

    The top story today in Linux news must be the release of Tomb Raider - GamingOnLinux and Phoronix have some benchmarks. The Ubuntu 16.10 release schedule was posted and makeuseof compiled the five best distributions for USB sticks. Sam Varghese posted his interview with Debian's new project lead Mehdi Dogguy and Joe Collins tested Manjaro 15.12 with mixed results.

    The release of Tomb Raider by Feral Interactive on Steam for Linux was shouted up and down the boulevard today. GamingOnLinux shared their thoughts and benchmarks soon after. The only negative Liam Dawe seemed to find was some dipping framerates and sluggish behavior in a few spots saying the performance "is generally quite good." Controls worked well and the scenery was beautiful, according to Dawe. The story was compelling, the main character well developed, and combat exciting. He concluded, "Overall, it’s a fantastic game that really draws you in from the moment you load it up." See his full review for no screenshots! Phoronix posted some NVIDIA benchmarks running Tomb Raider on Linux, indicating I need a new video card.

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  • Warsow 2.1 Recently Released With Offloaded Rendering

    While checking on various Linux game benchmarks this morning, I noticed Warsow 2.1 was quietly released at the end of March without much attention.

  • Unreal Engine 4.12 Preview 1 Has The Vulkan Mobile Renderer

    Epic Games today announced the first preview release for the upcoming Unreal Engine 4.12.

    Unreal Engine 4.12 brings the sequencer featuring a non-linear editor with 3D animation editing to the game engine for producing in-game cinematics and more. There are also other cinematic related improvements with Unreal Engine 4.12 Preview 1. In preview form for this release is audio localization support and the capability of running the Unreal Editor in VR.

  • Tomb Raider tested on R7 370 4G and HD 7970

    Thanks to Pepster from our IRC channel, I also managed to get results from his hardware, so we have an additional card to show results from. My computer is an i5-2500K@3.3 GHz, 8 GB of 1333 MHz RAM and the R7 370 4G. Pepster's rig has an i7-5830K and a HD7970. My rig runs Xubuntu 16.04 and thus uses Mesa 11.2 as stated in the official requirements for the game. Pepster used a bleeding edge Mesa from git on his Manjaro 15.12 installation.

  • The Culling, the Unreal Engine 4 battle royale survival game is now on Linux & SteamOS

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