It is no big secret that Gabe Newell of Valve, the force behind the Steam gaming platform is not too fond of Windows 8. But while the man himself has badmouthed Microsoft’s modern OS in the past, the gaming community, it appears, has spoken.
Long story short, gamers are eating up Windows 8 like a fat kid that loves cake!
At the same time, Linux percentages have flatlined — Windows is still the king of gaming world, and despite the big push by Steam to promote Linux as a gaming platform of choice.
The Steam Hardware Survey figures posted for the month of February 2014 reveals that all flavors of Linux combined came in at the 1.30 percent mark, which is actually 0.04 percent less than the week before, curiously.
At the same time the 64-bit version of Windows 8.1 against posted positive numbers to end up as the third most popular operating system at the platform, with 10.41 percent to its name.
Throw in the 10.01 percent Windows 8 64-bit, and you get the full picture.
The SteamOS Linux distribution is all set to be released later this year, and while there is a chance that the various Steam Machine computers will have a say in increasing the share of the Linux platform, it remains to be seen just how much of the market can it take away from Windows.