More Steam gamers try out Win8, OSX, Ubuntu
While most gamers using the Steam platform still use Microsoft's Windows 7, many of them also gave other operating systems a try last December.
Valve's figures for December 2012 particularly noted a rise in use of Windows 8, Mac OSX (Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion), and even Canonical's Linux-based Ubuntu.
The December survey noted a decrease in the number of Steam gamers using Windows 7 64-bit, Vista and XP, though Windows 7 32-bit picked up by 0.14 percent.
But despite a decrease of 2.23 percent, Windows 7 64-bit still had the biggest share of Steam users in terms of OS used, with 56.35. percent.
Second was Windows 7 with 14.12 percent (+0.14%); third was XP 32-bit with 10.03 percent (-0.33%); fourth was Windows 8 64-bit with 6.33 percent (+2.08%).
Vista 64-bit with 3.84 percent (-0.93%) was fifth; and Vista 32-bit with 3.12 percent (-0.18%) was sixth.
Mac 10.8.2 was next with 1.81 percent (+0.32%), Mac 10.7.5 eighth with 0.88 percent share (+0.16%), and Mac 10.6.8 ninth with 0.83 percent (+0.05%).
Windows 8 32-bit was 10th with 0.60 percent share (+0.16%) and Windows XP 64-bit was 11th with 0.41 percent (-0.06%).
Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS 64-bit, MacOS 10.7.4, Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS and Ubuntu 12.10 occupied the next five slots.
A separate article on The Next Web noted Windows 8 was the only version of Microsoft’s desktop OS to gain share.
It noted Windows 8 is "still gaining share very quickly (6 percent in just two months is quite a feat)."
The Next Web also noted Valve offered a public beta for Linux only in December.
"If it ends up being a hit, the Ubuntu version could give the OS X flavor a run for its money," it added. — TJD, GMA News