The new Steam Hardware Survey for December 2013 shows a slight increase in the number of Linux players, which can be easily attributed to the huge Steam Sale that marked the end of the year.
Every month, Valve publishes details about its Hardware Survey and gives us a glimpse of the number of Linux users on the Steam platform. Unlike previous months which showed that the Linux user base was holding around 1.5%, December marked a slight increase.
The most used Linux operating system on Steam is Ubuntu 13.04 64-bit with 0.39% (a 0.3% increase), followed by Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS 64-bit with 0.19% (a 0.2% decrease), and Linux 64-bit with 0.12% (this is a generic category with multiple distros).
If we sum it up, along with the other category which is comprised almost entirely of Linux operating systems, the Linux base is now somewhere around 1.7%, which is actually a little bit better than the previous month.
It’s going to be interesting to see if the trend remains the same in January. More details about the Steam Hardware Survey can be found on the Steam website.