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Steam is a game platform, and here's some facts from their own info web page - quote "As of December 2012, there are nearly 2000 games available through Steam,^and 54 million active user accounts. As of January 2013, Steam has seen over 6.6 million concurrent players. Steam has an estimated 50--70% share of the digital distribution market for video games.^<> ^<> As of January 2013 they have 6.6 million active gamers." unquote

Note the video games part. So your stats of 14% are the measure of either the 54 million active accounts, or the 6.6 million active users, which is it. Now compare that to 1.1 billion computers around the world, a big difference to your percentage running Windows 8 and trying to compare with Linux. Linux desktop is estimated to be around 2% of the worlds computers, again comparable, not left behind by your stats of Windows 8. On the internet alone there are 10 million core major computer systems running Linux, and about 120 million sub servers also running Linux, so your 14% of 54 million compares poorly to your supplied stats.

And I'll quote you again with fact about Linux servers, especially the last paragraph!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     Servers, mainframes and supercomputers

Servers designed for Linux

Linux distributions <> have long been used as server <> operating systems, and have risen to prominence in that area; Netcraft <> reported in September 2006 that eight of the ten most reliable internet hosting companies ran Linux distributions on their web servers <>. Since June 2008, Linux distributions represented five of the top ten, FreeBSD <> three of ten, and Microsoft <> two of ten; since February 2010, Linux distributions represented six of the top ten, FreeBSD two of ten, and Microsoft one of ten.^<>

Linux distributions are the cornerstone of the LAMP <> server-software combination (Linux, Apache <>, MySQL <>, Perl <>/PHP <>/Python <>) which has achieved popularity among developers, and which is one of the more common platforms for website hosting.^<>

Linux distributions have become increasingly popular on mainframes in the last decade partly due to pricing and the open-source model. In December 2009, computer giant IBM <> reported that it would predominantly market and sell mainframe-based Enterprise Linux Server.^<>

Linux distributions are also commonly used as operating systems <> for supercomputers <>: since November 2010, out of the top 500 <> systems, 459 (91.8%) run a Linux distribution. Linux was also selected as the operating system for the world's most powerful supercomputer, IBM's Sequoia <> which became operational in 2011.^


Andrew Brown

On 01/08/2013 12:22 PM, Urmas wrote:
According to, Windows 8 is working on 14% of computers.
It's more than 10 times Linux marketshare.

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