ONLINE GAMING NETWORK Steam has reported an increase in Windows 8 and Ubuntu Linux operating system (OS) use in its latest user survey.
In December, otherwise known as the holiday season, Steam watched Windows 8 use grow by 2.08 percent. The most popular OS on Steam, 64-bit Windows 7, dropped by 2.23 percent to 56.35 percent of the playing market.
Windows 8 64-bit, which is in fourth place behind 64-bit and 32-bit Windows 7 and 32-bit Windows XP, had 6.33 percent.
Windows 8 grew by the largest share in December, and the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the OS are the only ranked Microsoft products to post usage growth. Apple's OS X had gains, but small ones. For example MacOS 10.8.2 64-bit grew by 0.32 percent to a 1.81 percent share.
Ubuntu Linux, a new entrant to the ranking list, has a share of around 0.8 percent, which is made up of versions 12.10 64-bit, 12.04.1 LTS 64-bit, and 32-bit 12.04.1 LTS and 12.10.
All this might be moot, and Valve, which has claimed to be frustrated by external development in the past, could be close to announcing its expected hardware this year.
According to a report on a German website called Golem.de the firm is working on the Linux based Steambox with an eye to a release in 2013.
Valve released Steam for Linux only late last year, saying that the software was much more consumer friendly.
"Steam users have been asking us to support gaming on Linux. We're happy to bring rich forms of entertainment and our community of users to this open, customer-friendly platform," said Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve.
This is not the sort of thing that Newell says about Microsoft's Windows 8. In fact he called that software a "catastrophe for everyone in the PC space" in an interview with Allthingsd earlier in the year.
Back to 2013, and also expected is a significant Linux announcement from Blizzard, the firm that brought you World of Warcraft and made sitting in bedrooms cool again, and has also complained about Windows 8.
nice interview with Gabe Newell - "I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space* - not awesome for Blizzard either— Rob Pardo (@Rob_Pardo) July 25, 2012
We've asked Blizzard for more information. µ