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Linux surpasses the Mac among Steam gamers

The Steam Deck.

Enlarge / The Steam Deck. (credit: Valve)

Apple’s macOS has been the second most popular operating system on the Steam game distribution platform for a long time, but that has now changed. Linux has surpassed macOS for the number two spot, according to Steam’s July user hardware survey.

Steam regularly asks its users to give an anonymized look at their hardware, and the company makes the information it gathers available each month.

In July’s survey, Windows was still reported by 96.21 percent of users’ systems, so regardless of whether Linux or macOS comes in second, it’s a decidedly distant second. Linux managed 1.96 percent, while macOS accounted for 1.84 percent of machines.

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